Rui Hachimura Honors Kobe And Gianna With Jersey Number 28 For Lakers

Photo: Instagram/Rui Hachimura

Rui Hachimura has joined the Los Angeles Lakers following a trade with the Washington Wizards.

The Lakers have been looking to strengthen their forward positions and Hachimura is expected to bring depth and productivity to the team.

Hachimura chose his jersey number, 28, as a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

Photo: Instagram/Rui Hachimura 

In a conversation with Jeanie Buss, Hachimura explained the meaning behind his choice of number.

The Lakers were previously lacking depth behind LeBron James and relied on players with limited offensive skills.

Hachimura, on the other hand, is a proven scorer with a knack for getting buckets and running the floor.

He made his Lakers debut in Monday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets, scoring 16 points in 28 minutes.

To be successful, the Lakers will need to utilize Hachimura effectively and work with him to help the team make the Western Conference playoffs.

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Source: Lakers Daily 

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