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He seems low-key and prefers not to be a starter, but he has enough ego that he's switching to wear...

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He seems low-key and prefers not to be a starter, but he has enough ego that he's switching to wear No. 1 with the Lakers next season (assuming he re-signs). To those of you whom I've already seen at Staples Center wearing recently purchased No. 3 jerseys, I'm very sorry … especially because I knew this bit of info as far back as last summer. ... He hates the Celtics. You know Vujacic does, but Ariza really does and always has. He even hates the Red Sox and the Patriots. Ariza, 23, and Pierce, 31, are both Inglewood cats who grew up near The Forum and loving the Lakers, and whereas Pierce has made a nice life for himself in Boston, Ariza would rather break his foot all the way through than ever be a Celtic. ... Ariza had a white No. 32 Celtics jersey and a Sharpie marker in his Lakers locker, and he had gotten Kevin McHale's autograph on it. What the …? No way did Ariza want it for himself. He was just too good a friend to say no to the request for a favor. He was, in fact, too sickened by the whole process to do it himself, so he asked a Target Center locker-room attendant to go get the signature from the guy far more famous for being a Celtics legend than the Timberwolves' coach. "I'm ashamed," Ariza said. "I am. I'm ashamed."

Via the Orange County Register we learn that Trevor Ariza may be juuuussssst a little hard to pry away from Los Angeles in free agency. Hey Trevor, Hoopus has learned that there is a 99.9% chance that #1 will be available for you in Minny blue next season.
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