LOS ANGELES — The residents of Laker Nation got the memo, clearly. En masse, they showed up to Saturday’s home opener against the Houston Rockets wearing the same thing: Crisp, gold No. 23 Lakers jerseys.
Sure, not everyone adhered to the new dress code. Amidst the sea of shining new No. 23s there bobbed a few other numerals: Nos. 0, 2, 14, 32, 34. But most of the fans bucking the trend wore – can you guess? – No. 24. Or No. 8.