LeBron James is one of the best players in NBA history, and the only player to have won NBA championships as the Finals MVP with three franchises (Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers). He is a 4-time NBA MVP, an 18-time All-Star, was on four NBA championship teams, and at one time or another played regularly at every position except center. The Los Angeles Laker franchise is tied with the Boston Celtics for the most NBA Championships with 17. LeBron James and the Lakers were mixed together with the NBA's 75th Anniversary, and the resulting concoction produced a beautifully stunning "City Edition" jersey that was worn for the first time by LeBron in a game on December 3, 2021, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. To mark the league's 75th Anniversary, special City Edition uniforms were designed for each of the NBA franchises. The jersey for each uniform was creatively designed to recall the history of each franchise. The Lakers' roots trace to the Minneapolis Laker team that entered the NBA in 1948-49 after playing in the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America, both forerunners of the NBA. The Lakers took the new NBA by storm, winning the championship in their first two seasons, and five of the first six years. The Lakers moved to Los Angeles for the 1960-61 season, and the team's superstars included Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and then Wilt Chamberlain. In Later years Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James became the leading players. The design pays homage to each decade of Lakers' dynasties. The Lakers announced this innovatively styled jersey in November of 2021, and this is the jersey from the first time LeBron ever wore the style, on December 3rd. The Lakers wore this style jersey on November 12th and 15th, but LeBron was inactive and did not play in those games. A Los Angeles Laker press release said of the new City Edition,"...The primary color is the iconic Laker purple that emerged in the late 1960s. The stars surrounding the number evoke the groundbreaking Minneapolis Lakers.... The belt buckle includes the famous 'L' logo from the three-peat era of the 2000s and the shorts incorporate the baby blue from the original championship teams in Minneapolis - the squads that laid the foundation for a franchise unlike any other."
LeBron James first wore this new City Edition jersey in the Lakers' 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on December 3, 2021, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. James had a Double-Double in playing 36 minutes, with 23 points, 6 assists, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals. LeBron wore this same jersey again in the Lakers' 138-110 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on December 23, 2021, also at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. James played 34 minutes, and he scored 36 points, with 6 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots. This purple jersey is a size 54+6 inches in length and it is registered into the NBA Authentication Database as number "LALW05039." The jersey is MeiGray LOA and photo matched. Shows excellent use. NBA 75th Anniversary logoman patch on the back. There is a Nike Swoosh on the right upper chest. A Bibigo patch is near the left sleeve, and a Nike logo patch near right sleeve. The numeral "6" is on the front and back, in white trimmed in baby blue. A gold "17" tag patch on the back neck represents the Lakers' 17 Championships. The jersey has size "54" and "Length +6" tagging on the front left outer tail, with handwritten "12-23-21." Other tagging on the front left outer tail reads "Every Player Every Game LALW 05039," and "City Edition." Printed in white above the above-mentioned tags is "The Lakers Dynasty." The jersey comes with a Letter of Authenticity from the MeiGray Group. This visually appealing game worn LeBron James City Edition Laker jersey is a unique item that could only become more precious with the passage of time.