Jersey Monday: Mike Bibby

With the news today that the Kings are staying in Sacramento for at least the 2011-12 season, if not longer, today seemed as good a day as any to spotlight the lone Kings jersey in my collection, this authentic Mike Bibby jersey. Bibby, currently a member of the Miami Heat (and, for some inexplicable reason, a starter, despite showing an amazing ability to miss shots during the postseason), spent 6+ seasons with Sacramento, and was a key member of the 2002 team that came within a game of reaching the NBA Finals.

I never intended to get a Mike Bibby jersey, much less an authentic one. I don't particularly like Bibby -- and I'll really dislike him if his general inability to play defense or make shots costs the Heat a title this year -- and I'm not a huge fan of the Kings jerseys in general. However, during a 2004 trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Reebok store that was then in place was running a "buy one, get one free sale." I was already buying the Kevin Garnett authentic jersey that I showed off last week, so I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity for a free jersey. The store's selection in my size was limited, and I wanted to fill a hole in my NBA collection -- in which I'm still missing a handful of teams -- so I went with the Bibby. I'm not sure if there's a Kings player for whom I'd get a current jersey assuming they stay in Sacramento, but I know if they move to Anaheim, I definitely won't be getting one (I still have three Sonics jerseys and no Thunder jerseys, in support of that fan base).

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.