The Numbers Game

It's not just what you score but also what you wear
April 22, 2007

LAMAR ODOM
Lakers forward

"I GOT ITbecause my grandmother used to go to Atlantic City and [gamble]. You know,lucky number 7," says Odom, who has worn the number since his NBA debutwith the Clippers, in 1999. "Plus it's God's number. God made the world insix days and rested on the seventh. It's spiritual. When I got to Miami [in2003], nobody had the number, but Brian Cook had it when I got to the Lakers[in '04]. I told him what it meant to me, and I gave him cash. You're supposedto do that [when you take someone's number]. That's like NBA policy."

CHRIS WEBBER
Pistons forward

WEBBER worenumber 4 at each of his four stops in the NBA—until he came to Detroit on Jan.16. With the number retired for former guard and current Pistons president JoeDumars, Webber drew inspiration from his seven-year-old nephew, Colton. "Isaid I was coming to Detroit, and he said, 'Get number 84,'" Webberrecalls. "I said, 'Why?' and he said, 'Because you'll win.' He had a dreamI wore 84 and won a game. I told Joe D, and he said, 'You better wear 84.' Ilove it. Also, it's a football number. I played tight end [at Detroit CountryDay School]."

SHAQUILLEO'NEAL
Heat center

"IN COLLEGE[LSU] I wore 33 for Patrick Ewing," says O'Neal. "I wanted it inOrlando, but Terry Catledge wanted to sell it for $50,000. I was not payingthat. So I went with 32. With the Lakers, I couldn't have 32 because of Magic,or 33 [Kareem Abdul-Jabbar]. I took 34. Here, I wanted 33, but Zo"—centerAlonzo Mourning, who also wears 33 for Ewing—"was coming back. So I took32." Why not stay with his Lakers digits? Shaq, bitter at being dealt byL.A., says, "I didn't go with 34 because 34 was stabbed in the back in LosAngeles."

The Pop CultureGrid

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DAN BOYLE
Lightning, D
Oprah maxim.com A skateboarder Playing the guitar Cellphone, car keys and money Dolly Parton
JOEY GRAHAM
Raptors, F
Commercials foodnetwork.com Studious I don't know; I'm pretty talented My wallet and a hair brush Paula Patton
JOHN LACKEY
Angels, P
Anna Nicole Smith hitting.com A mess The ability to ride 50-foot waves The Billabong wallet Jessica Alba
ERIC BYRNES
D-Backs RF
Oprah I can barely work my computer Real skinny Playing the guitar Nothing Carrie Underwood (above)
PHOTOGREG NELSON (ODOM NUMBER) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (ODOM HEADSHOT) PHOTOJEFF KOWALSKY/EPA (WEBBER NUMBER) PHOTOSAM FORENCICH/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (WEBBER HEADSHOT) TWO PHOTOSJOHN BIEVER (O'NEAL) PHOTOBILL WIPPERT (BOYLE) PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (GRAHAM) PHOTOPAUL CONNORS/AP (LACKEY) PHOTOROY DABNER/AP (BYRNES) PHOTOGEICO (GECKO) PHOTOJENNIFER GRAYLOCK/AP (OPRAH) PHOTOJENNIFER GRAD (GUITAR) PHOTOKIRKLAND/AP (UNDERWOOD) PHOTO

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)