Ken Jennings


July 24, 2006

Way back in the dark ages of, my second day of blogging, in fact, I asked this question:

“What’s the only NBA franchise to retire the jersey of a player who never even played for them?”

I thought I knew the answer, which I’d seen on TV during the NBA Finals, but I neglected to provide it. Somebody must have wanted to know, though. Google Analytics tells me that my own site was the top result that week for search phrases like “only NBA franchise to retire the jersey.”

But I found out not long after that there are actually two answers, which are each sort of interesting. But I didn’t correct my mistake earlier, because I didn’t want to tip off the fact that, in last week’s Tuesday Trivia quiz, the question about number-retiring sports teams had an NBA answer. So here, at long last, is the official correction.


In our June 17 edition, we asked, “What’s the only NBA franchise to retire the jersey of a player who never even played for them?” There are, in fact, two franchises desperate enough for a “history” that they retired the number of a player not their own. In fact, these two franchises were born the exact same day. The Miami Heat’s only retired number is Michael Jordan’s number 23, which they retired in a special ceremony the day of his last game at Miami’s arena. Jordan’s contributions to the Heat include averaging 34.2 points per game against them in the playoffs. And the Hornets, now that they’re in New Orleans, have retired Pistol Pete Maravich’s number 7, since he was the star of the New Orleans Jazz back in the day.

Also, from our July 19 column: we regret the insinuation that Mr. Alex Trebek is a robot, and has been since 2004. Mr. Trebek’s robotic frame does still contain some organic parts, many harvested from patriotic Canadian schoolchildren, so this technically makes him a “cyborg,” not a “robot.” regrets the error.

Posted by Ken at 11:07 am