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Spencer Dinwiddie threw shade on the U.S. debt through his jersey number


This year, Brooklyn Nets combo guard Spencer Dinwiddie changed his number to honor the late Kobe Bryant. Apparently, his number also matches the amount of debt the U.S. has—in trillions.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) could give an option to players of replacing their last name on the back of their jerseys with a personalized statement about social justice, social cause, or charity messages, as per ESPN.

NBA players around the league had their mixed opinions on whether to play on the restart or not. Some free agents have already signed before the restart while some opted not to play.

Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder who is also the president of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) told ESPN’s The Undefeated last weekend to make this work once the NBA season resumes and it looks like it’s most likely to push through.

The Toronto Raptors have expressed their support in the #BlackLivesMatter movement amid the difficulties in making the restart work for the team. This proposal by the NBPA could encourage more players to support justice.

In fact, one of the players over Twitter hinted at his followers on what he will put on his jersey once the special rule is placed—and it’s Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie: The number change revolved around family

A report from Clutch Points last January suggested that aside from honoring Kobe Bryant he also picked the number 26 because of his current age, according to Anthony Puccio of NetsDaily.

Spencer Dinwiddie also shared with Puccio that his number change revolved around his family. He mentioned that he and his son share the same birthday.

To cap off the story, the Nets combo guard also shared about how he decided on wearing the number 8 aside from Kobe, which was also centered on his family.

Dinwiddie on throwing shade on American debt

Following the news regarding social justice statements, the Nets guard already hinted a statement that he will put on the back of his jersey in the following tweet.

The “trillion” that he pointed out was the total debt the U.S. has accumulated since the coronavirus pandemic. Upon checking the data from TreasuryDirect, the U.S. debt has already reached $26.3 trillion [AU$ 38.3 trillion] as of June 25.

With the NBA ramping up their health guidelines to players, some NBA players are excited for the restart despite the risk of the rising coronavirus cases in Florida.

Featured image courtesy of NBA/YouTube Screenshot

Alec Padua

Alec a former mobile app developer turned independent singer-songwriter and busker based in the Philippines, who goes by the stage name "Alex Corner". He has released songs on Spotify and other music digital platforms. A self-taught trader and financial market enthusiast, he also started his own YouTube channel and blog called "The Trading Comedy" where he documents his trading journey in the Philippine Stock Market and beyond. He is also a casual gamer and streamer who enjoys FPS, RPG, and strategy games as well as conducting live charting sessions in the financial markets.

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