Necessity is the mother of invention. One day you wake up and think, “I really want that new Lonzo jersey,” then you realize you have a Kobe Bryant jersey, a marker, and some duct tape.
On the one hand, you can take this as some grand slight to Kobe. Taping over the name of one of the greatest players of all time to jury-rig it into a Lonzo Ball jersey is a serious affront, but on the other hand this is a thrifty and smart move. Hear me out.
You should never, ever buy a rookie’s jersey. Ever. There are no exceptions to this. It doesn’t matter if they seem like a once-in-a-generation lock to be a superstar — they might not be. You can show a little self control and wait to see how it plays out. This Bryant-turned-Ball monstrosity is simply thrifty.
That said, duct taping over a Kobe jersey definitely doesn’t make you a big baller.