Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George — who suffered one of the most gruesome leg injuries in recent memory — will be changing his number from 24 to 13, per multiple reports.
George originally chose to wear #24 for his idol Kobe Bryant, who changed his number from 8 to 24 mid-way through his career. George’s number change gives him the new nickname PG-13, something ESPN personality Bill Simmons suggested over a year ago.
“I have some advice that will help Paul George become a household name,” Simmons wrote back in 2013. “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?”
George will most likely miss the entire 2014-2015 season after breaking his leg in the Team USA scrimmage in July, but his popularity may actually grow during his rehab. Fans tend to gravitate towards recovery stories.
Per NBA rules, since George is changing numbers with the same team he will have to buy up the remaining #24 jerseys on the market. Considering that he signed a max deal last summer, he should be able to afford it.
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