While it will take a bit more effort than one would imagine, Paul George will be sporting a new jersey number with the Indiana Pacers once he gets to the end the long road ahead of him after suffering a ghastly leg injury during a Team USA scrimmage a few weeks back.
Once George fully recovers from the horrific compound fracture in his leg, he reportedly will change his jersey number from 24 to 13. That way — wait for it — he can assume the nickname of “PG-13.”
Great googly moogly. The only thing goofier than the decision to change his jersey number is that ghastly green shirt George donned at some point.
George has been dropping hints on social media about the jersey number switch, but it reportedly is a done deal now.
— Paul George (@Paul_George24) August 5, 2014
Thanks everybody for the love and support.. I’ll be ok and be back better than ever!!! Love y’all!! #YoungTrece
— Paul George (@Paul_George24) August 2, 2014
Bill Simmons originally suggested the nickname in a 2013 Grantland column, but it is unclear if that prompted George to make the jersey number switch or if he came up with the cheesy idea all on his own.
“He should change his number immediately from No. 24 to No. 13. Here’s why … can you think of anyone being helped by a nickname more than Paul George suddenly becoming PG-13? ‘Uh-oh, PG-13 is heating up!’ ‘Warning, this game contains strong language, violence and a possible heat check!’ ‘We might have to make this performance rated R — it’s too hot to handle!’ Let’s make this happen already.”
When asked about it on Jimmy Kimmel’s show in January, George seemed intrigued by the concept.
“That’s got a ring to it, PG-13,” he said.
While sources have told ESPN that the NBA has approved the number switch, a few logistical obstacles appeared to stand in the way of George’s path to “PG-13.”
League rules state that if a player switches jersey numbers while on the same team, he is required to buy up all the jerseys already made featuring the old number. But since George applied for the number switch before a league-imposed March deadline, he isn’t obligated to do so. But being a nice guy or whatever, George elected to buy them up nevertheless.
It’s all well and good that George is changing to No. 13, but let’s be honest: Isn’t it a slight bit cheesy to do so only to have a ridiculous nickname? I mean, “PG-13″? Say a guy with the initials “NC” and wanted to change his jersey number to 17 … now that would be pretty cool. But “PG-13″? Meh.