Some NBA players have jerseys printed with their names on them. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo all have jerseys, made by Adidas, that fans can buy, for money.
But other players aren’t good enough to have their names printed on jerseys for sale. Mostly because, well, nobody would buy them. But Brian Scalabrine, despite being a few steps on the totem pole away from having the NBA sell his jersey, has nonetheless become a cult phenom among apparel-purchasing fans.
“My black market T-shirt sales are over the top,” said Scal.
T-shirts with Scal’s face on them have become must-buys for anyone with a sense of humor. There’s the shirt where Obama’s “Hope” theme is used, but Scal’s face rests on the President’s body. There’s one that says “Token White Guy,” another that reads, “The Italian Scallion,” and my favorite, “Scal Doggy Dog.”
For those of you thinking Scal is getting rich off the shirts’ popularity, think again: Scal doesn’t receive a single dollar from the unlicensed shirts.
But don’t feel bad for Scal: The man makes $3 million a year to have a front row seat for Celtics games.