A source confirmed to ESPN that LeBron James intends to change his Los Angeles Lakers jersey number to sixth next season. Ranked 23rd in the Lakers’ first three seasons. He also wore the No. 23 jersey for 11 consecutive seasons in the two seasons of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was previously the No. 6 jersey for the Miami Heat.
This is not the first time James has tried to change his Lakers jersey number. When the Los Angeles team won Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019, James was ready to become his number one. The team’s newly introduced star is No. 23, which is also the number Davis has worn in the first seven seasons of the NBA; however, these plans have been shelved due to possible production and financial problems with the manufacturer Nike.
LeBron is not the only one who tried to change the numbers by wearing purple and gold, because former Hall of Famers and franchise legends like Kobe Bryant and Gail Goodrich have made changes in the past. The following are the best jersey changes in Lakers history, including Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich, whose No. 25 jersey is hung on the rafters at Staples Center, but this was not when he joined the Lakers in 1965.
As the Lakers rookie No. 25, he was dressed at UCLA and brought center Leroy Ellis, making him 11th. When Jones joined the Lakers as a rookie in 1994, Goodrich’s number 25 has not retired, in fact there are four other players wearing jerseys after Goodrich (including Mitch Kupchak, who is a member of the central office who drafted Jones).
However, on November 20, 1996, the Lakers retired the Goodrich jersey on the rafters, Jones switched to No.6. In 2005, shortly after the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat reached a very successful deal, Kobe asked to rise from No. 8 to No. 24. A new start, but due to the deadline, he will have to wait until the 2006/07 season to receive his new number.