While guesting on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo, Nance Sr said his son refused out of respect, but added, “Hopefully, I can talk him into it.”
“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. And I think he was calling, saying, ‘My dad deserves to keep that up there.’
“But I got this summer. I’m going to just let him wear No. 24, and I’m going to work on him all summer because I would be nothing prouder if he just had that number on his back.
“He’s wore it his whole career—well, he had to wear No. 7 in L.A.—but I would be proud if he wore it. I think he respects me.
“So we’re just going to have that conversation a lot this summer, and hopefully I can talk him into it.”