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#37, Ron Artest

July 8, 2009 |  8:24 am

UPDATE (3:00 pm PT)- Just got back from the Artest press conference.  He was, as you'd suspect, candid and entertaining.  We'll have some copy up ASAP, with video to follow as it can be processed.  BK

Those of you wondering what number Ron Artest will be wearing can stop.  Elliott Teaford of the Daily News reports a decision has been made:

Artest will wear uniform No. 37 in honor of the number of weeks that Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" was No. 1 on the charts.

A nice tribute, for sure.  In other news, Luke Walton will go from 4 to 64, honoring the highest point on the Billboard charts for the Grateful Dead's "Truckin'".

UPDATE (9:40 am): Artest on the number choice, from an interview Sunday with Sean Farnham and Jerry Ferrara on AM 570 KLAC, Fox Sports Radio:  

"I was trying to figure out a number, I was talking to my wife and kids.  I was on my twitter, MySpace, and Facebook and asking everybody to help me pick a number.  On my MySpace, somebody named Trish T he Dish came up with the #37 and said that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was 37 weeks at number one of all time.  23 I was going to choose, it was available, it’s a great number but, I thought (with) that 37 and “Thriller”, I can make that a new great number.  I think more kids should start getting the #37 for a great human being, since Michael loved all people.  I think I’m representing greatness in wearing #37." 

And there you have it.