Before Tuesday night's matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, the New Orleans Pelicans waived two frontcourt reserves, Lance Thomas and Arinze Onuaku, and signed two more, Lou Amundson and Josh Childress. While former Stanford star Childress began his Pelicans career with a DNP-CD, the 30-year-old Amundson found himself pressed into duty almost immediately, thanks in part to some early foul trouble for power forward Anthony Davis and backup center Greg Stiemsma suffering a sprained left knee in the second quarter.
The change in circumstances revealed a bit of a uniform error that wouldn't have come to light had Amundson gotten to stay fastened to the bench — apparently, the Pelicans didn't have enough time between inking Amundson and tipoff to get his name on the back of his jersey:
Jerseys without names on the back aren't anything new in the sports world, of course, but they're usually done intentionally and we don't see them very often in the NBA. One would suspect that this'll be the last time we'll see an Amundson-less Amundson jersey; after all, considering the Pelicans lost by 21 last night, it's not like they'd be messing with a winning streak or anything.
As if having to check in with a number but no name wasn't indignity enough, Amundson also had to deal with the fallout from some sleepy perimeter defense that allowed Lakers forward Wesley Johnson to make a baseline back-cut for a Steve Blake pass that left Amundson on an island at the rim:
Look on the bright side, Lou — at least anyone wondering who the guy on the receiving end of that was would have to do a little bit of extra leg work to figure it out. And, y'know, it could have been worse.
- - - - - - -