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Jakob Poeltl has a humorous wardrobe malfunction

San Antonio Spurs’ Jakob Poeltl (25) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 108-105.
Ringo H.W. Chiu, Associated Press

With talk continuing to swirl about the controversial Super Bowl halftime show, Jakob Poeltl had his own version of a wardrobe malfunction.

During Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs center checked into the game without the upper part of his uniform.

After entering the court wearing a black undershirt but no Spurs jersey, the former University of Utah big man had to run to the Staples Center visitors locker room to finish getting ready for the game before checking back in.

It caused some confusion, some laughs and a delay of game penalty against San Antonio.

Though the Spurs ended up on the losing end, Poeltl had himself quite the showing once he finally got his uniform on. He finished with four points, six rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots in just 14 minutes of play.

The 7-footer was among the backup big men whose name has been mentioned by media as a potential trade target for the Jazz leading up to the trade deadline.

By the way, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich seemed much more annoyed by a question about Poeltl’s mistake than about the actual mistake. San Antonio writer Jeff McDonald tweeted that Popovich laughed about it at the time — something he didn’t do in the postgame press conference.

“You’re serious?” he responded to the reporter. “Anybody else got a question that makes any sense. Anybody? Not a lick. Why would it bother me?”


Here’s one kid who doesn’t care if NBA players are wearing warmup gear instead of their uniforms. Here’s a virtual high-five to the Atlanta Hawks players for having fun with the little one en route to the court.


Wrestling purists likely won’t find much humor in this, but it is about the funniest beginning to a match that you can imagine. It would have been fun to see how the match proceeded, but the ref was having none of it.