OK State Equipment Staff Forgets Smart’s Jersey
Unknowing fans had to be wondering who the Oklahoma State player was wearing the nameplate-less, No. 43 jersey against TCU on Monday night.
It was, in fact, Cowboys star Marcus Smart. OK State’s equipment staff didn’t take his No. 33 jersey to the Cowboys’ road game at Baylor last Monday - when Smart was still serving his three-game suspension for shoving a Texas Tech fan - and forgot to pack it for Smart’s first road game since returning to action. Smart wore the No. 3 in high school and No. 33 for the Cowboys as a tribute to his late half-brother Todd Westbrook, who wore the No. 3 himself. The new jersey led to an awkward tricep tattoo-jersey number mismatch for Smart during Monday’s game.
“It felt kind of weird playing with it,” Smart told reporters afterward. “Before the game my teammates actually didn’t know I was wearing it until we were coming out to warm up and they saw it through my warmup and it didn’t have my name on it.”
Indeed, Smart started an ugly 1-of-12 from the field before hitting five of his final six shots en route to 17 points in OK State’s 76-54 win.