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Jersey number of former NBA player Mike Bibby no longer valid in Sacramento

Mike Bibby, who played 14 seasons in the NBA and ended his career with the New York Knicks in 2012, turned to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday with a request on the Internet.

Bibby wants the Kings to retire his No. 10 jersey.

The former Arizona Wildcat made the request during an appearance on the podcast “The OG's Show” with Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem

“I'm trying to get back in there and battle through it and hold on,” said Bibby, who averaged 14.7 points and 5.5 assists. “I'm trying to get my number retired in Sacramento when they see this.” [Domantas] Sabonis only had the number, but he changed it this year and will now wear number 11. So I hope that translates into something else.”

Bibby liked the Sacramento fans, even though he played for a number of other teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat, and he felt a connection to the Kings. He was best known for helping the Kings challenge the Los Angeles Lakers, featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, in the early 2000s.

From 2000 to 2002, they met three times in a row in the Western Conference playoffs and the Kings lost every series.

“They were probably the best fans I've ever played in front of,” Bibby said. “It was so easy to play there. The fans made me feel like I'd been playing there for 20 years.”

Scott Salomon is a contributor to Back In the Day NBA. He can be reached at [email protected]

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