The unknown story behind NBA jersey number : the…
Dwyane Wade (#3)
When Wade helped the Heat win two straight titles with James and Bosh in 2013, he changed his Twitter name to “three”. Naturally, it meant he had already received three NBA championship rings by then.
But Wade’s jersey number (#3) means more than that, Wade is a very devout Christian and his jersey number represents the Trinity (a Christian theological term).
Russell Westbrook (#0)
Although Willis and Arias wore the same number 0 and were both explosive point guards, they both had completely different personalities. Arias wears number 0 to counter the doubters, while Willis wears number 0 because he wants to start from 0
after entering the NBA.
Chris Paul (#3)
Paul is one of the best point guards in NBA history, a true court commander. He chose to wear number 3 in honor of his father and brother and added their jersey numbers together (1+2), thus becoming CP3.
Cixi Ping (#37)
Cuisinart is one of the most entertaining players in the league, and he even changed his name from Ron Artest at first to Cuisinart later. When he came to play in China, he changed his name to “Friend of the Panda”.
When Cixi Ping first joined the Lakers, he decided to wear number 37 in honor of pop king Michael Jackson, whose album “Thriller” was the number one seller for 37 weeks.
Damian Lillard (#0)
Lillard is a very loyal person who never forgets where he comes from and where he wants to stay throughout his career.
Lillard chose the number 0 in honor of his hometown of Oakland (initial O) and the state of Oregon (initial O), where the Blazers are based.
Dennis Rodman (#70)
Rodman was always so different. When he first joined the Mavericks, he asked to wear No. 69, but then NBA president David Stern denied his request (to date, no NBA player has ever worn No. 69), so Rodman ended up choosing No. 70.
Michael Jordan (#23)
Jordan completely changed the meaning of No. 23, and even soccer superstar David Beckham wore No. 23 after joining Real Madrid. As for the NBA, there are so many such examples, including LeBron James.
But Jordan chose to wear No. 23 in the first place as a tribute to his brother Larry, whose jersey number was 45, and who, as a child, always beat Jordan in basketball one-upmanship. At the time, Jordan thought he would be satisfied as long as he was half as good as Larry, so he chose number 23.