Yesterday I wrote about the Pacers’ new ad patch with a QR code, which was scheduled to make its on-court debut last night. As it turned out, that wasn’t the only new addition to their jerseys: They also added a No. 30 memorial patch for the late George McGinnis.
The odd thing about this is the timing. McGinnis died on Dec. 14 (I did a post about his amazing high school hoops uniform the next day); the Pacers played 10 games between then and last night’s game, four of which were at home. Why the long wait? It’s almost like they said to themselves, “Well, as long as we’re sewing those new ad patches onto the jerseys, we might as well do something for McGinnis, too.”
As far as I can tell, the Pacers didn’t even announce the addition of the McGinnis memorial on their social media feeds until last night’s game was already in progress.
Important update: Reader Mackin Bannon has pointed out something I missed, namely that the Pacers added a black memorial band for McGinnis — but without the “30” — on Dec. 18, and have been wearing it since then:
If anything, this only increases the oddness factor. If you wanted to include McGinnis’s number, why not include it right from the start? Why wear the plain black band for a bunch of games and then add the “30”?