LeBron James has a new jersey number! The LA Lakers released the first look on their official Twitter page. Here’s a look at why he decided to change his jersey number.
Jersey no, 23 became synonyms with LeBron, and after having it for so long, he is finally ready to bid it farewell. on June 14, the Lakers released the first look of the jersey while confirming that LeBron will wear the new jersey number for season 19 of his career.
Why did LeBron James change his number to 6?
LeBron gave up his jersey number to let Anthony Davis have it. In December 2020, he had confirmed that Anthony would be taking the number.
The change did not take place earlier as NBA requires teams to notify about the change in number one year in advance. Due to this, even though Anthony had joined the team in 2019, the change could not take place.
LeBron had also taken to his Instagram to welcome Anthony. Back in 2019, he shared a picture with Anthony where LeBron was seen handing over his jersey to him. He caption the picture as: “Officially a Laker!!” Now, after waiting for a long time, fans will finally get to see LeBron with his new jersey number.
Anthony Davis’ journey with The Lakers
In December 2020, it was confirmed that Anthony had signed with The Lakers a five-year, $190 million contract. General manager Rob Pelinka also released an official statement following this.
He said: “In the Orlando bubble, Anthony Davis proved he is one of the game’s most complete and dominant two-way players. Now, Lakers fans get to watch AD continue to grow and lead our franchise for years to come. This is truly a blessed moment for Lakers Nation.”
LeBron James’ Space Jam: A New legacy movie explored
LeBron is all set to appear in Space Jam: A New Legacy. The movie is set to release on July 14, 2021. In fact, he was also spotted wearing a number 6 jersey in the trailer of the movie.
The Lakers player has been posting about the movie on his social media handle as well. Sharing the trailer of the movie, he wrote: “I’M A CARTOON?! And granny’s drinking a martini at halftime?!?! It’s about to get looney up in here this July!!”