LeBron James’s plans to give his No. 23 jersey to new Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis has been postponed due to potential production and financial issues with manufacturer Nike.
According to ESPN, the inventory of No. 23 James jerseys already produced would have led to a financial hit “well into the tens of millions of dollars” for Nike.
Yahoo Sports reported: “Out of consideration for fans who already purchased James’ jersey and to avoid distractions for a team competing for a championship, the Lakers star will bypass seeking the number change for this season.”
Davis will instead wear the No. 3 jersey in the 2019-20 season and will revert to No. 23 the following season, with James expected to play at that point in the No. 6 jersey he wore while playing for Miami Heat from 2010-14.
At an introductory press conference on Saturday, Davis said the unexpected number change was “pretty hurtful, to be honest”.