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The real reason Nets’ Kevin Durant switched his number from 35 to 7

Kevin Durant, Nets number change

Kevin Durant will be wearing a new jersey number when he makes his Brooklyn Nets debut in 2020-21.

The two-time Finals MVP, who wore No. 35 with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors, is switching to No. 7 as he embarks on this next chapter of his NBA career with the Nets.

On the latest segment of the Text Message Show with Dorell Wright for The Players’ Tribune, Durant said he’s switching his number with the Nets since Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Carmelo Anthony—four of his favorite players of all time—all had two numbers as well.

“Wanted to try something new for this new phase of my career plus ALL my favorite superstars rocked 2 numbers….Kob, Mike, Bron,” Nets superstar Kevin Durant said.

“Oh yea I can’t forget about Melo.”

With the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant donned Nos. 8 and 24. The late great Hall of Famer has both of his numbers retired by the Lakers.

When he came out of retirement for the first time with the Chicago Bulls during the 1994-95 season, Jordan wore No. 45 before switching back to No. 23 in Game 2 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic.

James was forced to wear No. 6 with the Miami Heat from 2010 to 2014 since the Heat organization retired No. 23 as a way to honor Jordan. However, LeBron was able to switch back to No. 23 during his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The King is also wearing No. 23 with the Lakers at the moment.

As for Anthony, he repped No. 15 with the Denver Nuggets before switching to No. 7 when he was traded to the New York Knicks. Melo also wore No. 00 with the Portland Trail Blazers this past season. The Nets star clearly admires a few of the greats of the game.