Arash Markazi: The first LeBron James No. 6 Lakers jerseys being made today @Fanatics. pic.twitter.com/diNpwgUtVF
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StatMuse: LeBron James has a chance to become the first player in NBA history with 4 retired jerseys. The current record is 3 by Wilt Chamberlain and Pete Maravich. pic.twitter.com/j1E96sjTup
Shams Charania: First look: LeBron James will change his Lakers jersey number to No. 6 next season after donning the number in his new movie “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” pic.twitter.com/VZksn1qVCy
Shams Charania: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is changing his jersey number from No. 23 to No. 6 next season, sources tell me and @Tim Cato. Anthony Davis is expected to remain No. 3. theathletic.com/news/lebron-ja…
Moe Harkless said his jersey switch was a no-brainer. “I think it was an easy decision, just out of respect for Kobe Bryant and his legacy,” said the new No. 11, the Clippers’ forward formerly known as No. 8. “I just feel like it was the right thing to do for me personally. Obviously, everybody has their own opinion, but for me, it was an easy decision.”
George currently wears No. 13, but earlier this week he said he was contemplating the idea of switching back to No. 24 that he wore for three seasons with the Indiana Pacers. “I understand what guys are doing with changing their number,” George said after Thursday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings at Staples. “I think it’s great if they retire it amongst the league, but from a personal standpoint, what better way to honor Kobe than to continue on that number?”
Warriors wing Alec Burks, who began the season wearing No. 8, has switched his jersey number to No. 20, and that change is expected to debut this evening in Boston.
When asked by media why he would no longer be wearing No. 8 for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, Burks thoughtfully stated, “Just out of respect…out of respect for him and his family.” The eight-year NBA veteran continued, “You couldn’t help but notice his game…He’s a great player. Our generation’s (Michael) Jordan, I could see that.”
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Gerald Bourguet: Chris Paul on this possibly being his best shot at a title: “They said that last year. They probably said it back in ’08. Every time you lose, they’re gonna say it’s your best chance…but we’ll be back next year. I ain’t retiring tomorrow, thank God.”
Marc J. Spears: Suns point guard Chris Paul limped out of the arena with a very slow walk. @andscape learned that Paul had a left quad injury. When asked about his quad injury, Paul declined comment.
Gerald Bourguet: “His contract situation is between him and the front office. I care about him as a brother. Just making sure his mental is right…whatever happens, happens. Kind of hard to look so far in the future.” – Devin Booker on Deandre Ayton’s contract situation
“Giannis is the best player in the world. You can see why a lot of people say that,” Celtics guard Jaylen Brown said. “He’s just relentless in his approach. He is aggressive all the time. He’s not going to be denied. And that was tough for us in the series.” Antetokounmpo finished the semifinals with back-to-back 20-point, 20-rebound games. He had 44 points and 20 rebounds in Game 6, and 25 points and 20 rebounds with 9 assists in Game 7. And they were both losses. Antetokounmpo joined Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to lose consecutive postseason games with a 20-20, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.