LeBron James, who currently sports the No. 23 in honor of Michael Jordan, is considering changing that number to 6. James wore the No. 6 in this Summer’s Olympics and he feels the number is “my number too.”
James said he would definitely make the switch if the NBA was to universally retire MJ’s number:
“If the NBA retired 23 because of Michael (Jordan) like baseball did with Jackie Robinson (No. 42), I would definitely switch it. Maybe I would someday, we’ll see.”
Wearing No. 6, though, has become somewhat standard for James. Ever since his triumphant summer wearing the number for Team USA—which James has said was the best experience of his career—he wears the number during practices and workouts as a homage to that gold-medal effort and all the work that went into it. Often when he gives autographed jerseys as gifts to friends or special causes these days, he’ll sign an Olympic No. 6 jersey.
If James is going to make the change, he will most likely do it in 2010, when the NBA alters it’s uniforms.