Such dire consequences await when a professional basketball player forgets his suit jacket. I can just imagine David Stern sitting back in his office and cackling as he learns about this story.
As John Denton reports for NBA.com, the underrated Orlando center never considered the possibility of such a scenario unfolding when he and his teammates left the sunny Florida environment for a trip out into the snow-covered country:
Vucevic never envisioned getting injured on the road trip, especially in the manner that he did after stepping on the foot of a courtside cameraman in Washington, D.C. last Monday night. And because he couldn’t sit on the bench without a suit jacket for fear of being fined by the NBA, Vucevic was isolated in the locker room while watching Magic games.
Vucevic will return on Dec. 11 against the Charlotte Bobcats, and action can't come soon enough for the big man from USC. After all, he told Denton that it was "annoying sitting on the side (during practices), and then I didn't even bring a jacket on the trip, so I’m in the locker room. It’s hard watching your teammates and wanting to be there to help, but you can’t."
The third-year center has been enjoying a fantastic campaign, one that left him averaging 14.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game before his unfortunate, unlucky injury against the Washington Wizards. As B/R's Chris Joseph wrote, he's the key to the Magic's future, and the team is lucky he "introduced himself to the world with his seismic style and Montenegrin impetuousness."
Whether he can make an All-Star squad as soon as this season is still up in the air, but one thing is abundantly clear.
Vucevic will never forget to bring a suit jacket with him on a road trip. That lesson has been pounded into his skull, and you shouldn't be surprised when he attempts to wear one during games the next time Orlando leaves on a lengthy road trip.
I'm kidding, or at least I think I am.
The NBA's dress code strikes again. Keep your eyes peeled, because you never know what crazy situation will unfold next.