Tonight is the last home game of the 2007-08 season. It's a chance to say goodbye and thank you for what turned out to be an exciting and often unexpected year. It's also Fan Appreciation Night, so if you're going to make the trip to the Rose Garden for the final go-round of the season, plan on being appreciated.
It's also the final time you're going to see Jarrett Jack in a white No. 1 jersey. And tomorrow's season finale will be the last time you'll see Jack in a black No. 1 jersey. No. 1 will be put to rest, as Jack is going back to lucky No. 3.
"It’s the number I wore in college and high school," Jack said. "I always wanted it when I was here but Juan Dixon had it. Now I can get my chance to go back to it."
Dixon, now wearing No. 8 with the Detroit Pistons, wasn't about to give up the number he wore at Maryland to a rookie, so Jack picked No. 1 and ran with it. After all, it's not a bad number for a point guard, but it didn't sit right with Jack.
So why did Jack go through the entire 2007-08 season with a number he didn't want? According to Jack, it's a rule.
"I heard the rule what you had to wait three years. You couldn’t change your number every year, so I’ll be going back to my number next year."
I was unable to verify if that's true or if someone was just pulling Jarrett's leg, but it sounds like the kind of rule the NBA would have.
Unfortunately for all of you Jack fans out there, you're going to have to buy new gear if you want to keep your fan-dom up to date. But unlike Kobe Bryant's marketing-based switch from No. 8 to No. 24, Jack's reasons for switching up are grounded in superstition.
"I’m definitely going to get my mojo back. I definitely feel more comfortable in (No. 3).