LeBron James switched to #6 back in 2010, as he campaigned to retire Michael Jordan’s #23 from the entire league. However, this week, the NBA star revealed that he will revert back to the number for his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
What does Jordan think about that? He says he has no problem with it at all.
“I’m cool with it,” the NBA legend told ESPN.com via text message Monday (July 28). “I don’t own a number.”
Jordan wore #23 during his legendary playing career. James idolized MJ growing up and wore the same number during his first seven seasons with the Cavaliers. Four years ago, when James left the Cavs for the Miami Heat, he switched to #6, saying it was as a tribute to Jordan.
“I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon,” James said at the time. “There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn’t Michael Jordan first.
“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.”