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Why did LeBron James give '360' nickname to Lakers Big 3?

Joshua Rogers September 30, 2021
Lakers Media Day 2021
Photo by David Crane/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers gathered for media day recently, showing off their new uniforms ahead of the regular season starting. During the session, LeBron James gave a new ‘360’ nickname to the Lakers Big 3, here’s why.

New-look Lakers roster assembles for media day

The new-look Los Angeles Lakers assembled for media day recently.

The Lakers have put together a mightily impressive roster (albeit slightly old), and we got to see the likes of Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony in purple and gold for the first time.

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The team answered many of the media’s most burning questions, confirming that yes, Anthony Davis will most likely play the 5 this year, and yes, they are all fully vaccinated.

However, most regular fans were more interested in the dynamic between the new players, and it was especially pleasing to see Rondo and Westbrook hit it off so well.

LeBron coins new 360 nickname for Lakers Big 3

During the day, many of the players posed next to each other in their Lakers uniforms.

One of the talking points heading into this year was LeBron’s decision to go back to wearing the no.6 – the number he wore in Miami.

James’ switch to no.6, AD sticking with the no.3, and the addition of Westbrook wearing 0, means a new Lakers nickname has been born.

LeBron coined the ‘360’ nickname after moving everyone in the right order.

And while it may have a deeper, more philosophical meaning, it’s also a pretty cool nickname for the Big 3.

Twitter reacts to LeBron’s 360 nickname

NBA Twitter caught wind of LeBron’s 360 nickname.

Some loved it, while others joked 3/60 is what they’ll shoot from the field together.

Let’s see if 360 properly takes off.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.