LeBron James made his highly-anticipated NBA Free Agency decision on Sunday, July 1. The NBA star made his long-rumored move to the Los Angeles Lakers, signaling his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career. The first time LeBron left his hometown team, he took his talents to South Beach to join the Miami Heat.
The move from Cleveland to Miami also resulted in a change of jersey number for King James, who switched from No. 23 to No. 6.
When LeBron returned to The Land, he once again dawned the iconic No. 23.
But now that he is set to take the court at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a new Lakers jersey, will LeBron be making a jersey switch yet again? Well, it looks like we have our answer.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell took to Twitter to share some news from Fanatics, an online supplier of sports jerseys from the major leagues. Initially, after the signing, LeBron Lakers jerseys featured a No. 00 as we waited to learn what number he will wear in L.A. That has since changed with the LeBron jerseys featuring his No. 23, so it looks like there will be no jersey number change this time around.
JUST IN: Once deal goes through, LeBron will be #23 on Lakers. Fanatics has changed number from placeholder of #00 to #23 on jersey preorders. pic.twitter.com/MrIektYHWf
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 2, 2018
You can expect those to fly off the shelves as the new era of the Showtime Lakers with LeBron, Lance Stephenson, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and other rising young stars look to return the franchise to relevance in the Western Conference after missing the postseason five straight seasons.
LeBron’s first opportunity to wear his new Lakers jersey will come on Sept. 30 at Valley View Casino against the Denver Nuggets in the NBA preseason. We will have to see just how many LeBron Lakers fans are in attendance.