SWORD MAGAZINE 139
22 Larry Nance Jr.: It doesn’t take a
mathematician (or even a basketball
historian) to figure out how Larry Nance Jr.
got his number. But it wasn’t necessarily an easy request –
assuming the numeral his legendary dad donned during
his seven stellar seasons with the Cavaliers.
“I can’t imagine the league has seen anything like this or
will see anything like this for a very long time,” said the
younger Nance when the decision was made last season.
“So kind of a special request they let get through the cracks
and I’m excited about it.”
Other Cavaliers to wear No. 22: Jim Chones, Johnny
Newman, Chris Dudley
26 Kyle Korver: One of the greatest longrange
marksmen – and possibly the greatest
No. 26 – in NBA history, Kyle Korver wore No.
15 at Creighton but – after being drafted 51st overall in
the legendary 2003 Draft, was given No. 25 as a rookie in
Summer League. But just as he was getting comfortable
with that number …
“… the team signed Marc Jackson – not the coach and
broadcaster – BIG Marc Jackson out of Temple. He was big
and a veteran and from Philly. And he just said he’s taking
that number. That’s how it goes when you’re a rookie. So
I took 26. That’s kind of a different number nobody takes.
I’ve been wearing it ever since.”
Other Cavaliers to wear No. 26: None
41 Ante Zizic: The Wine and Gold’s 21-year-old
big man, acquired in the blockbuster offseason
deal with Boston, is a man of few words. And
the explanation of his jersey number didn’t take much
“I go with 41 because it’s my birthday – January 4th. That’s
how we say it in Croatia – 4 -1.”
Other Cavaliers to wear No. 41: Bill Laimbeer, Mark West,