Larry Nance played seven season for the Cavaliers during what can rightly be considered the pre-LeBron James glory days in Cleveland.
A high flyer and double-double threat, Nance played alongside Brad Daugherty and Mark Price for perennial playoff teams from 1987-94 that had the misfortune of hitting their stride around the same time Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls did.
Despite the Chicago road block, those were good years in Cleveland, and Nance’s career averages of 17.1 points and 8 rebounds were enough to get his No. 22 retired in Cleveland.
Now he’s asking the team to put his number back in circulation.
With the deadline day trade of his son Larry Nance Jr. from the Los Angeles Lakers, Nance would like to see his son donning No. 22 next season.
“Well, it really wasn’t a conversation because as soon as he called me and let me now that he got traded here, I called the Cavs and said, ‘He can have the number. Please, give him the number,’ Nance said on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo on Wednesday.
The 1984 slam dunk contest champion said that he doesn’t think his son wants to wear No. 22 out of respect, but he plans to lobby him to ditch his current No. 24 next season.
“I’m gonna just let him wear 24, and hopefully this summer I’m gonna work on him all summer because I would be nothing prouder if he just had that number on his back,” Nance said.
Nance Jr. is off to a good start in Cleveland, posting 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes off the bench in the Cavs’ 120-112 win over the OKC Thunder on Tuesday.