The new Lakers star decides to revert to his elementary jersey number
Published 4:25 PM, July 13, 2019
Updated 4:25 PM, July 13, 2019
NEW LAKER IN TOWN. Anthony Davis turns the Los Angeles Lakers into an immediate contender in the Western Conference. Photo from Instagram/@antdavis23
MANILA, Philippines – Anthony Davis will have to resort to the jersey number he used in elementary as he suits up for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The six-time All-Star will be wearing No. 3 after failing to acquire LeBron James’ No. 23 due to a manufacturing conflict with official NBA outfitter Nike.
“Taking the number all the way back to elementary school,” Davis wrote on Instagram with a photo of his new Lakers jersey.
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Taking the number all the way back to elementary school! #3
As Davis joined the Lakers, the original plan was for him to get James’ No. 23 – the number he consistently wore during his time with the Kentucky Wildcats in college and the New Orleans Pelicans in his first 7 seasons in the NBA.
James, meanwhile, was supposed to go back to No. 6, which he sported during his stint with the Miami Heat.
However, multiple reports stated that Nike – which set the deadline for number change last March 15 – would be stuck with tens of millions of dollars in James’ No. 23 jerseys. (READ: LeBron can’t give Davis No. 23 over Nike money issues)
James then decided to postpone the number change in respect, as well, to the fans who had already bought his No. 23 jersey.