LeBron James was obliged to switch his jersey number the last time he left the Cavs. None of that is going to happen this time, and LeBron will wear the magic 23 with the Los Angeles Lakers. The information was brought by ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
“JUST IN: Once deal goes through, LeBron will be #23 on Lakers. Fanatics has changed number from placeholder of #00 to #23 on jersey preorders,” Rovell tweeted.
James’ switch to 6 was a tribute to Michael Jordan.
“I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon. There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn’t Michael Jordan first,” James said at the time. He was wearing the number 23 since the sophomore year in high school.
“He can’t get the logo, and if he can’t, something has to be done. I feel like no NBA player should wear 23. 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 No. 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it.”
James’ move wasn’t followed by every player in the league. Many players wore the number 23 on their jersey, and even LeBron came back with his original number in 2014.
Michael Jordan doesn’t mind any of this. He’s completely fine with players wearing the number he made popular. “I’m cool with it. I don’t own a number,” Jordan.
James LeBron will wear the awesome 23 with the Lakers, but no player will ever wear this number in the Cavs. The franchise plans to retire the 23, as confirmed by the Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. “LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line,” Gilbert said.
Let’s see how will the 23 work for LeBron this time.