NBA = American professional basketball, Rui Hachimura, who transferred from Wizards to Lakers, has a new uniform number of “28”, and Hachimura said, “I am very happy to be a member of the Lakers.”
On the 23rd, Hachimura was traded from Wizards, where he belonged for about three and a half years since becoming a professional player, to Lakers.
On the 24th, the Lakers posted a photo of Hachimura in uniform on the team's SNS and introduced him as "the first Japanese player in the Lakers."
The uniform number "8" in the Wizards era has been permanently retired by Kobe Bryant, a star player who died in an accident in 2020 at the Lakers, and Hachimura's new uniform number has been decided as "28".
Hachimura did not participate in the Clippers match in Los Angeles, his home base, on this day, but in a video posted by the team on SNS before the game, "I am very happy to be a member of the Lakers. I hope to see you all. I'm looking forward to it," he said with joy in Japanese and English.
Several media outlets in the United States have reported that Hachimura's debut match with the Lakers will be against the Spurs on the 25th, and on the 30th, he will play against the Nets, which Yuta Watanabe belongs to, in New York. Yes, there is a possibility that a match between Japanese players will be realized soon.