Sport LeBron James asked Cedric Ceballos’ permission to wear No. 23 Lakers jersey

14:06  04 july  2018
14:06  04 july  2018 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Among other Lakers to wear the No . 23 are Jim Barnes, Cedric Ceballos , Lou Hudson, Reggie Jordan, and Mitch Richmond.

LeBron James will wear jersey No . 23 with the Los Angeles Lakers . Fanatics now has No . 23 James jerseys on sale. On July 1, James ' agency, Klutch Sports Group, announced he agreed to a four-year deal worth 4 million.

LeBron James knows what number he wants in L.A.© Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports LeBron James knows what number he wants in L.A.

LeBron James apparently got approval for his preferred Los Angeles Lakers jersey number from an unlikely source.

In a post to Instagram this week, retired forward Cedric Ceballos revealed that James called him to ask for his blessing to wear No. 23 with the purple and gold. Ceballos wore No. 23 when he played for the Lakers from 1994 to 1997.

YES, every @kingjames called to get my blessings to rock number 23. Go get’m Young Fella #NuffCed

A post shared by Cedric Ceballos (@cedceballos) on Jul 2, 2018 at 8:03am PDT

The 48-year-old Ceballos played in the NBA from 1990 to 2001 and is best known for making the All-Star team as a Laker in 1995 and winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 1992. As for the No. 23 jersey, it has since been worn for the Lakers by Mario Bennett (in 1998), Mitch Richmond (2003), Von Wafer (2006), Lou Williams (2016-17), and Gary Payton II (last season).

Demand for James’ new Lakers jersey is already through the stratosphere, and as a self-proclaimed historian of the game, it was definitely a cool gesture for him to touch base with the former Laker great Ceballos.

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