May 14, 1995 |
The doors opened Friday night at the Forum, and Nick Van Exel walked in wearing his jersey. Funny, but he didn't look like himself. That's because it really was Mike Bluth, 14, of Aliso Viejo, who was wearing a replica of Van Exel's jersey with the No. 9 on it. Bluth did what the Laker guard probably wished he could do. He got some popcorn. At the same time, Van Exel was also sitting behind the basket. Actually, it was Ruben Torres, 9, of Moreno Valley.