Larry Nance Jr. to wear father's No. 22 for Cavaliers

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Not only was it a sweet dunk, but it was a great way for Nance Jr.to honor his father.

"I can't imagine the league has seen anything like this or will see anything like this for a very long time, so kind of a special request they let get through the cracks and I'm excited about it", Nance Jr. said to reporters (via video from Fox Sports Ohio). The younger Nance, who was acquired by the Cavaliers in the Isaiah Thomas trade, will get to wear the same number that his father wore with the Cavs. The team retired his No. 22 jersey in 1995.

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Nance's No. 22 was retired on January 30, 1995.

ESPN reports that Nance Jr. will start wearing No. 22 next week and that Nance's banner will remain in the rafters while his son wears his number. "I've been wearing No. 22 for my whole life and to be able to wear it for the Cleveland Cavaliers is beyond a dream come true".

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Nance Jr. paid tribute to his father during the slam dunk contest Saturday night in Los Angeles during All-Star weekend when he wore his father's No. 22 Phoenix jersey and recreated the same dunk that won the contest in 1984. In the Cavs' victory at Oklahoma City in their last game before the All-Star break, he put his hindquarters into the body of 7-footer Steven Adams, a tough match-up problem for the Cavs, and cleared Adams away from the rim to, roughly, Muskogee.Nance Sr.is a friendly man of high character and equal hops.

The Cavaliers said if you already purchased a No. 24 Larry Nance Jr. jersey, the team will exchange it when the new ones are in stock, but that could take a few weeks.

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