In recent years, it's become common for athletes to grab hold of their front of their jersey and pull out their team's name. This practice, similar to the tradition of soccer players kissing their clubs' badges to prove devotion, gives athletes the opportunity to celebrate their own amazing play while avoiding the sort of behavior that gets certain types of fans to argue that today's athletes are selfish.
However, it's possible that these athletes have also been engaging in an important test of their uniforms' durability. On Monday night, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan experienced the worst case scenario.
Only a few possessions into the Clips' road game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Jordan challenged several opponents for a rebound. In the midst of the scrum, Sixers point guard Tony Wroten grabbed the front of Jordan's jersey and, like many players do while rebounding, pulled fairly hard. In the process, he ripped off the full script "Los Angeles" lettering from the jersey's chest. Jordan eventually asked the Clippers bench for his spare No. 6 top and went on to play the other 38 of his 39 minutes with no real incident.
As you can see, Jordan didn't get angry over Wroten's error and was able to see the humor in the situation. It's almost as if he knew he was on his way to dominating the glass: Jordan finished the night with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 21 rebounds (six offensive) in his team's 94-83 win.
It's a good thing they got him that new jersey. Otherwise I'm not sure these stats would have counted. Those are the rules, right?
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