Lebron James Goes Back To No. 23

July 29, 2014

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When LEBRON JAMES “took his talents to South Beach” back in 2010, he also changed his number from “23” to “6”.  He’d worn 23 in Cleveland as a tribute to MICHAEL JORDAN. . . and the change to 6 was also a tribute.

At the time, LeBron was trying to get the entire NBA to retire the number.  He said, quote, “I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon . “I feel like no NBA player should wear 23” said the 2-time champion. “I’m starting a petition, and I’ve got to get everyone in the NBA to sign it.  Now, if I’m not going to wear number 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it.”  Nothing ever came of that.  The Chicago Bulls and LeBron’s new team the Miami Heat both retired the number for Jordan, but no one else followed suit. Apparently, LeBron has given up on this, because over the weekend, he announced that he’d be reclaiming the number 23 when he returns to the Cavilers, and that came with no mention of Michael. So, is Michael upset about LeBron seemingly going back on his word?  Nah.  He says, quote, “I’m cool with it.  I don’t own a number.”