LeBron James: The King's Jersey Switch To No. 6 Is Underrated

Ryan TContributor IJune 21, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands by in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 94-85.  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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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This year, LeBron James submitted a request to switch numbers from 23 to 6. He did it quietly, hours before the deadline approached. The question is, why isn't anyone talking about this?

Personally, I see some major foreshadowing. For one, why this year? He has wore #23 ever since he arrived in the league. However, all of the sudden he decides to switch numbers to honor MJ? Maybe he switched numbers because he knows next year he can't wear No. 23 and wants to make sure he has his second favorite number on lockdown.

Call it crazy, but it all adds up. LeBron constantly speaks about how great Derrick Rose is and how he was obsessed with the Bulls growing up (not the Cavs). Also, the Bulls have the cap space to sign a max free agent and the trade bait to complete a sign-and-trade for another big star.

Sure, people claim he's afraid of Jordan's shadow. But do me a favor, say that out loud a couple times. "I'm afraid of someone's shadow". Kinda silly right? Why would maybe the best player in the league shy away from winning a championship because he is afraid of someone's shadow? Did Kobe run from LA because Kareem and Magic's shadows were too scary?

Anyone who says LeBron isn't seriously considering Chicago is either a hater, dumb, or a Knicks fan. It's simple: Chicago has the most athletic point guard in the NBA in Derrick Rose, a young high-energy/talented player in Noah, and the ability to sign-and-trade for another star player. Hate if you want, but Chicago is more than capable of signing LBJ.