As if Los Angeles Lakers rookies Tarik Black and Jordan Clarkson didn't already have enough on their minds, the two NBA newcomers have been tasked with a new bizarre responsibility for the rest of the season.
Clarkson and Black were spotted wearing bright pink backpacks and bringing baby dolls to the Lakers' game against the Rockets on Sunday.
After the game Clarkson told reporters that they would be bringing the dolls to home games for the rest of the season. They will have to wear the backpacks to all road games. Coach Byron Scott, a stickler for the rules, will fine either youngster if he forgets the rules.
Clarkson told reporters his baby is named Ri-Ri and that its mother is Rihanna. In the interview below he even appears to make an allusion to Chris Brown's assault of Rihanna.
"Man I think somebody was beating it up," Clarkson says at the :49 mark of the video.
It's one thing for a coach or veteran players to perform a one-time hazing ritual on a rookie, but this seems a little excessive. The Lakers, who are in last place in the Pacific Division with a 12-33 record, have 37 more games to play.
The doll and stroller ritual is a favorite of Scott, who did the same thing when he was the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. When Scott was a veteran in 1996 he hazed a Los Angeles rookie named Kobe Bryant by making him carry his bags and buy him donuts.