Detroit — Before Blake Griffin even stepped off a plane on a chilly, Metro Detroit runway this week, and before he put on a Pistons uniform for the first time Wednesday, hundreds — if not thousands — of Pistons fans put on his jersey first.
During Tuesday’s home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Pistons sold out of Griffin's No. 23 Pistons jerseys at Little Caesars Arena, the team confirmed, though it couldn't provide specific numbers on how many were sold.
More jerseys were to be available for Thursday night's game against Memphis.
"We will have jerseys available at each game going forward while supplies last," said Kevin Grigg, a spokesperson for the Pistons.
For fans who might miss out Thursday, or for those who didn't want to shell out the big bucks for an authentic Griffin jersey, each fan in attendance did receive a blue Griffin Pistons T-shirt. They covered up the sea of red chairs prior to tip-off for what was to be Griffin’s debut in Detroit, following the blockbuster trade Monday.
Griffin wore No. 32 with the Los Angeles Clippers, but that number is retired by the Pistons in honor of Richard Hamilton.
Griffin's Clippers jersey was a top-10 seller among all NBA players as recently as two years ago, and has consistently been the best seller for the Clippers. The Pistons, who've long lacked what fans and experts would consider a superstar-type player, haven't had a player among the top-selling jerseys in recent memory.
Griffin's Pistons jersey is available online at store.nba.com, and retails for $109.99.