The Real Reason Behind LeBron James Wearing 23 on His Lakers Jersey

LeBron James wears the jersey number 23. Is there a reason for this? According to him, yes there is. NBA players have always left there mark on the league in one way or another. Some do it with their play on the court. Others do it with their demeanor. And even others do it with the number on their jersey.

We can all agree that LeBron James is one of the best in the business. He has been around the league for a long time now and has made his mark in far more ways than one.

The reason he wears 23 is because of his idol Michael Jordan, the legend of the NBA.

“I just think that what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized in some way soon,” James said about the number. “There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn’t Michael Jordan first.”

The Real Reason Behind LeBron James Wearing 23 on His Lakers Jersey

According to LeBron, Jordan was one of the reasons LeBron started playing basketball.

“So when I started playing basketball, I was like: ‘Oh man, that two-three looks good. I wanna be able to fly like him,’” James said. He spoke like any other avid fanboy of MJ. “I wanna be able to dunk on somebody like him. I wanna be able to stick out my tongue like him in the air and yell in somebody’s face like MJ.’”

“Um, I think, first of all, you know, I wear the number because of Mike. I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just seeing what he was able to accomplish. But I felt like Mike was so — you know, when you’re growing up and you’re seeing Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a god. I didn’t ever believe I could be Mike. So I started to focus myself on other players and other people around my neighborhood, because I never thought you could get to a point where Mike was.”

“So I think that helped shape my game. And I think the biggest thing for me, sitting here today after breaking the all-time scoring record in playoff history, is that I did it just being me. I don’t have to score the ball to make an impact in the basketball game, and that was my mindset when I started playing the game. I was like, ‘If I’m not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?’ And it’s carried me all the way to this point now, and it’s going to carry me for the rest of my career, because scoring is not No. 1 on my agenda.”

What do you think about LeBron’s reasoning?