Pacers Rookies Rock Hello Kitty
Rookie hazing is rite of passage. Damjan Rudez and Shayne Whittington, the Pacers’ two first-year players, already were subjected to public embarrassment when they were forced to perform at the team’s annual FanJam event in October.
Both players embraced the moment, with Whittington gyrating his way through “Latch” and Rudez performing a show-stopping rendition of “Fancy”.
With the team on a two-game road trip in Texas, the Pacers’ veterans came up with another creative way to have a little fun with the rookies. An Instagram post shared by Whittington showed he and Rudez rocking matching Hello Kitty backpacks:
For the most part, rookie duties consist mainly of making food runs and other errands. Earlier this year, Whittington and Rudez were asked to procure a cake for center Ian Mahinmi’s birthday:
The Pacers’ veterans also find ways to occasionally get creative with their hazing, like they did with the Hello Kitty backpacks. But sometimes, the rookies set themselves up.
Damjan Rudez learned his lesson the hard way when he fell asleep on the team’s flight to Dallas on Tuesday. That made him an easy target for point guard George Hill, who had a little fun at the dozing Croatian’s expense, which forward Chris Copeland documented:
Rudez doesn’t seem to be harboring any hard feelings, however. This afternoon, he tweeted this picture of the team celebrating last night’s win:
— Damjan Rudez (@Damjan_Rudez) November 25, 2014