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Anthony Davis Will NOT Wear No. 23 Next Season

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Andrew D. Bernstein | Getty Images

It looks like Anthony Davis will finally have to wear a number on the back of his jersey that isn’t No. 23.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Davis and LeBron James – the current owner of the Lakers No. 23 – will have to wait until the 2020-21 season before the number exchange can become official.

After it was initially reported that James would gift the jersey number to Davis for the upcoming season, that is no longer the case.

Davis has worn the No. 23 during his entire NBA career with the New Orleans Pelicans and it was expected that James would switch to No. 6 – the number he wore as a member of the Heat – for Davis. The former Wildcat also wore No. 23 during his lone season at Kentucky and even in this now-famous picture of a glasses-wearing middle schooler.

In the report by Haynes, he cites issues from a business standpoint that has delayed the process. After missing the initial deadline of March 15, the Lakers had to try and work out a deal with the jersey manufacturer, Nike.

“Due to production issues and the massive financial hit Nike would have absorbed from the No. 23 James inventory that’s already been produced,” Haynes said. “Nike could not accommodate the request for this season, sources said.

As we know, Davis has a player option on his contract for next summer that he can opt out of and become a free agent. With the way everything has unfolded this summer, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Davis wearing No. 23 again next season, but in a different uniform. Or maybe he’ll wear it for 10 more years in Laker Land. But either way, he’ll have to find a new number for this season.

Any number suggestions for the Brow?

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

12 Comments for Anthony Davis Will NOT Wear No. 23 Next Season

  1. Kentucky Hoops
    10:10 pm July 12, 2019 Permalink


  2. Cokely53
    10:15 pm July 12, 2019 Permalink

    Zack you sound a little salty about the lakers and Lebron

  3. Kentucky Gentleman
    10:19 pm July 12, 2019 Permalink

    #1… kind of like a vertical unibrow.

  4. Smyrna_Cat
    10:25 pm July 12, 2019 Permalink

    To clarify, the name change was originally reported on Yahoo, not KSR. It may have been more appropriate to link to the Yahoo site, not to the KSR site that referenced the Yahoo site.

    I don’t think the number matters, other than from a marketing standpoint. I am sure AD will do just fine.

  5. Bluebloodtoo
    11:27 pm July 12, 2019 Permalink

    It only matters if you let it matter. Truth is, that’s a typical business decision. And they are business partners, so it kinda seems like the professional thing to do.

    • bbn606
      6:08 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t you just hate it when the reportedly people get it wrong?

  6. MacAssassin123
    12:27 am July 13, 2019 Permalink

    Davis will reportedly wear the number he wore at the Olympics back in 2012 which is #14

  7. nocode96
    12:59 am July 13, 2019 Permalink

    81…AD won

  8. Mark D
    8:32 am July 13, 2019 Permalink

    22 for The Hefty Lefty

  9. bigcat68
    8:51 am July 13, 2019 Permalink


  10. Mista Papagiorgio
    10:51 am July 13, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds like the old bait and switch tactic. Come join me, we will win championships and I will give my number. Lebron’s recruiting tactics are all about him, he is one of the greatest players/ general managers of all time.

  11. jr
    11:21 am July 13, 2019 Permalink

    I mean at this point, only for a year who really cares??