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No. 23 No More? LeBron James Contemplating Jersey Change

By George Thomas Published: November 13, 2009

MIAMI - LeBron James announced Friday night that the No. 23 may no longer be in his future. The Cavs’ superstar said that he is leaning toward changing his jersey number next season to honor NBA legend and retired Chicago Bull Michael Jordan. ‘’The guy is the best basketball player we’ve ever seen. …If you see 23 you think of Michael Jordan.  If you see guys flying through the air, you think of Michael Jordan,‘’ James said after the Cavs’ 111-104 victory over the Miami Heat.  ‘’If you see fly kicks, you think of Michael Jordan. He did so many things for the league it has to be recognized, not just by putting him in the Hall of Fame.’’ James has flirted with the jersey change in the past. In addition to the No. 23, he also wore No. 32 at some points during his career at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. In the Olympics last year he donned the No. 6, the one he is likely to move to next season, he said. In addition to being a fan of Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving, that particular number means some personal things to James, he said.  His first son was born on Oct. 6, 2004 and his second son was born in June. More notably, James believes it’s the only way that Jordan can be honored and is willing to petition other players who wear No. 23 to change numbers. ‘’You can’t get the logo.  We can have an argument about that, but Jerry West, he was unbelievable also,‘’ he said. ‘’And if you can’t get the logo something has to be done, so I’m going to start and next year I’m going to change my number probably to six because I feel like no NBA player should wear 23.’’

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