Lakers’ new All-Star target once wore Michael Jordan’s iconic number, but snubbed it for LeBron James

#23 is a sacred number in basketball. Ever since Michael Jordan loved the number for his playing career, jersey number 23 is Michael’s jersey. Michael’s global fandom has made the number famous around the world. LeBron James later made a point of wearing 23 as his jersey number in the league as a tribute to Michael. But for a certain portion of NBA fans and players, 23 is a number associated with LeBron and not Jordan.

And it looks like Washington Wizards superstar Bradley Beal is one of them. According to this resurfaced article, Bradley Beal wore No. 23 in Florida, for his high school team in St. Louis, Chaminade, and his AAU team, the St. Louis Eagles. But he changed his jersey number when he was drafted by the Washington Wizards. When asked what caused this, he had a surprising answer.

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Beal changed his jersey number because of LeBron James, not MJ. Beal said “I never saw Michael Jordan grow up” He continued “I grew up, ’23’ was LeBron. I’ve always heard of Michael Jordan, but I can’t necessarily take inspiration from him. I’ve always looked up to LeBron and the way he played all the time when he was in Cleveland. It really gives you an idea of ​​how newer generations of fans tend to forget about older generations of basketball in general.

A changing offseason for the Lakers

Last season was a monumental failure for the Lakers. They were one of the preseason favorites to win the NBA title or at least reach the Finals. The Lakers front office traded for Russell Westbrook in a big swing to assemble a “Big Three” in Los Angeles. They filled the list with veterans and hoped to be able to rely on their experience.

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April 1, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers goaltender Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a second half 3-point field goal against the New Orleans Pelicans at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

But their season quickly fell apart. Due to numerous injuries, the team never had a rhythm. And in the end, one of the pre-season favorites couldn’t even qualify for the play-in tournament.

Coach Frank Vogel was fired after the season and thus began the offseason of change. New coach Darvin Ham has recently joined a new staff he is training. Players will be cut. There have been talks of a Westbrook trade. Besides, there has also been talk of signing a superstar free agent. This will be a fascinating offseason in recent Lakers history.

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