After changing his jersey number from 24 to 13, Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Paul George will be the proud owner of perhaps the lamest nickname in the L: “PG-13”. George reportedly will make the switch once he returns from a gruesome, season-ending leg injury. Per ESPN:
Because George applied for the change before the March deadline, he doesn’t have to pay for the remaining old No. 24s on the market. Sources, however, said he still elected to do so. […] Per league rules, a player who changes jersey numbers on the same team must buy up all of the old jerseys on the market.
He has been dropping hints of the change to fans. Over the past month, he has tweeted trece, which means 13 in Spanish, seven times.
George finished last season 15th in the league in jersey sales, according to sales at the NBA Store in New York City and the online NBA Store. […] Ironically, George wore No. 24 because of Kobe Bryant, who in 2006 changed his number to 24 from No. 8.