Lebron James Fires A "Brick" On Retiring No. 23

Dwight PalmerContributor INovember 13, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during the game against the Orlando Magic on November 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It has just come to my attention that Lebron James is lobbying for a league wide retiring of Michael Jordan’s No. 23. This was pretty funny to me until I realized that this guy James was serious.

I cannot think of one good reason to carry that honor past the Chicago Bulls team alone.

What a slap in the face to Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and Oscar Robertson. These guys were true pioneers that actually played when racial segregation was still legal.

Let us contemplate this naïve idea. Jordan was not:

(1) The most prolific scorer, that goes to Kareem. (2) He did not win the most titles, that title goes to Bill Russell with 11. (3) He was not the first player to “fly”, that goes to Dr. “J”. (4) Did Jordan do anything that Dr “J” didn’t do first? (5) I cannot think of one good reason to give this honor to Jordan or anyone else.

The NBA would be well advised to avoid creating a new paradigm that most certainly will cause divisiveness within its own ranks and with fans, some of whom have never bought into the Jordan myth.

Lebron, in my opinion, needs to focus on improving as a player because his nemesis, Kobe Bryant, is still eating Lebron’s lunch in the skills department. Maybe while Kobe is still learning new playing moves, Lebron is boning up for the political arena.

My conclusion and advice on this subject to Lebron: “Get a Life, please!"