The Detroit Pistons unveiled their new NBA Statement Edition jerseys on Saturday with a slight hitch.
Pistons forward Hamidou Diallo entered the court against the Boston Celtics, and soon an unpleasant fact appeared on the air: Diallo’s name was misspelled on the back of his T-shirt.
The NBC Sports Boston team briefed their audience on the situation towards the end of the first quarter.
As for misses, they are quite minor, but it is also a mistake that every equipment crew will be afraid to make (well, this side sneezed).
Diallo finally got heads-up and a new jersey in the second quarter. He was at least amused by the jersey swap error:
Diallo is having a good season for the rebuilding Pistons, averaging 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds last season. His numbers have declined across the board in 14 games this season, but that’s mostly due to a drop in minutes due to the Pistons getting significantly deeper on the wing with the addition of Jayden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks.
The Pistons wore their special “Statement Edition” jerseys, painted black with red and blue stripes to evoke jackets to warm up the pistons of the bad boy era. They may or may not have been inspired voicemail from an angry fan in 2020.
The Pistons ended up losing to the Celtics 117–108.