The No. 10 in soccer is such a big deal that it gets special mention in a Wikipedia article about playmaking forwards. If you watch footy, I don’t have to explain this for you. And if you hate soccer, you don’t care anyways, so let’s move on.
Because once we move on, we get to talk about Nate Robinson, who was worn single-digit numbers his entire professional playing career, but will now be rocking that famous No. 10 because of another short, shifty guy who Nate loves. From Denver Stiffs:
Robinson on wearing the No. 10 next season in Denver:
Robinson: I usually dig the single digit numbers, but No. 2 is retired. Alex English, great player. He was my coach at predraft camp when I played in Chicago. He was my coach and I averaged like 22 points and 8 assists, something like that, and he was just letting me go. I was like, “Man, it’s a pleasure. You rocked my favorite number.” I knew exactly who he was and I was like, “Man that No. 2, there is something special about it.”
I’m going to change it up and wear No. 10. I’m going to wear it for [Lionel] Messi, that’s my favorite soccer player. I’ve been playing a lot of FIFA lately and watching the games. He’s the best little guy to do it and I’ve got to be the best little guy to do it at No. 10 in the NBA. That’s my goal.
If you’re scoring at home, the Nuggets now employ one guard who wears No. 94 because it is part of the phone number of his hometown overseas and one guard who will wear No. 10 because he likes using a certain soccer player in a video game. And of course, Andre Miller wears No. 24 to honor his birth year. I’m not sure where exactly you should note all this stuff in your souvenir program that you bought for $10 and will forget under your stadium seat, but you should definitely make note of it.
And hey, considering this is already the seventh time in his career that he’ll be picking a number, I guess it’s good to still be able to find new reasons for picking certain numbers. Sure, I’d expect a No. 10 to be a little more distributor-y than Nate Robinson has been in the past, but he also had a 23-point fourth quarter during a playoff game for the Bulls, so he can kind of do no wrong in my eyes. If he wants to wear Lionel Messi’s number because of video games and real games but probably a little bit more because of video games if we’re being honest, then so be it. He can wear No. 1 for all I care.
(via Beyond the Buzzer)