Evidently any news involving Lebron James is big news. The four-time MVP is unsure what number he will be wearing during his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lebron took to Twitter to ask fans if he should wear number 6 or 23 in the upcoming season. Lebron wore 23 during his first seven years in Cleveland, but switched to 6 when he signed with the Miami Heat back in 2010. Lebron grew up wearing 23 out of admiration for Michael Jordan, but gave up the number out of respect, that according to an ESPN article from 2010.
6 or 23?…… http://t.co/8uft5F7XO8 — LeBron James (@KingJames) July 18, 2014
6 or 23?…… http://t.co/8uft5F7XO8
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 18, 2014
Lebron has had far more success while wearing 6 than he has 23. Lebron as number 23 is remembered as the guy who couldn’t win a championship in Cleveland, and then bolted to team up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. However, as number 6 he has won two NBA championships and become the face of the league. Lebron also wore 6 when he won Olympic gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 games.
Despite what Lebron has, and may still accomplish, when people think of number 23, they will always think of Michael Jordan. Number 6 has a lot of history of its own, as NBA legends Bill Russell and Julius Erving (Dr. J) both wore it.
Michael Jordan switched numbers during his career as well. Jordan wore 45 for a while when he returned to the NBA after taking time off to play minor league baseball, but he finished out his career wearing the familiar 23 with the Washington Wizards.
Athletes tend to be superstitious, so my money is on Lebron continuing to wear number 6, as that is the number he has won championships with.