When Joe Smith was traded from the Nets to the Lakers back in December, he tied Chucky Brown, Tony Massenburg, and Jim Jackson for the most NBA franchises played for (12). Maybe you knew that already, but I didn’t know it until reader Will Rausch recently pointed it out to me.
That led Will to pose an interesting question: “Among the four guys who are tied for that record, which one of them has worn the most distinct uniforms? In this era of throwbacks and alternates, I’d think it would have be Joe Smith.”
Seems like a fair assumption, right? And with that, Will attempted to document every NBA uni design that Joe Smith has ever worn. Here they are, broken down by team:
That makes 33 distinct uniforms, plus possibly a few more than we haven’t documented yet. Unless someone can demonstrate otherwise, I’m gonna treat that as the NBA record. But what about players in other sports — Kenny Lofton? Mike Morgan? J.T. O’Sullivan? Paul Coffey? Start diggin’ and let us know what you find.
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, here’s my latest ESPN column, about the 20th anniversary of an unusual chapter in basketball history.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Lots of tattoos in the Mariners bullpen. … Sammy Sosa’s corked bat has been subjected to a CAT scan. … Recently got a note from Paul Rigby, asking if I had a list of which basketball model was used by various college hoops teams for their home games. “No such list exists, at least not that I’m aware of,” I wrote back. “Perhaps you should start compiling it..?” So he did! Excellent work on his part. … Here’s one of the coolest eBay items ever: a helmet from a helmet cart! (Great find by Ryan Perkins.) … This may be a first: a memorial patch for a fan. Details here (with thanks to Leo Thornton). … “Mike Smith of the Lightning got demoted to AHL Norfolk a little while back,” says Chris Hernandez, “but he’s still wearing his Lightning pants.” … I don’t know what the record is for the most umlauts in one NOB, but this must surely be in the running. That’s Olli Määttä of Finland, who played in the World Junior Championships in Buffalo back in January (very nice find by Mike Raymer). … Is that a Stan Musial pin on Tony LaRussa’s cap? (As spotted by Jonathon Binet.) … The Blue Jays didn’t participate in the 1985 World Series, but Tyler Kepner reports that they nonetheless have an ’85 World Series pennant in a glass case at their spring training offices. … The Pirates currently have two guys in camp who make for an ideal photo op. That’s minor league manager PJ Forbes and infielder Josh Fields (big thanks to Bree Main). … Here’s a look back at Kentucky’s 1996 championship-season uniforms. … Yesterday I ran an awesome softball photo at the top of the page. Remember how one of the teams in that photo was called the Tomboys? Here’s a sensational team portrait. … The world is apparently teeming with incorrectly uni-numbered Michael Jordan statues. … Hey, look who got to pose with the Commissioner’s Trophy: our own Brinke Guthrie. … Matthew Robins wonders who’s gonna advertise on the Blackhawks’ practice jerseys now that Giordano’s has filed for bankruptcy. For that matter, why did the company splurge on a sponsorship deal if it was in such a precarious financial situation? … I don’t usually get too excited about lunchboxes, but I’d definitely make an exception for this one (that Brinke guy again). … FNOB alert. That’s Royce Smith of the 1974 Falcons (with thanks to Rick Massimo). … Here’s how the Bob Feller memorial patch looks on the Indians’ BP jersey (photo taken by Michael Daniels). … The mighty Fleer Sticker Project has turned up a few new (to me) photos of the Orioles wearing their vests and solid-orange uniforms.
Holiday schedule: Phil will have his usual Saturday entry tomorrow. Webmaster John Ekdahl will make a rare appearance on Sunday, as he checks in with a guide to the Daytona 500, which he’ll be attending. As for me, I’m traveling this weekend (heading upstate tomorrow morning, coming back on Monday), so we’ll probably have a fairly small entry on Presidents Day, unless there’s breaking news. Everyone have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next week.