Lebron Changes Jersey Numbers from #6 to #23: Michael Jordan Approves

Lebron James and Michael Jordan share jersey #23

Cleveland Cavaliers fans across the globe have breathed a huge sigh of relief about not having to buy new jerseys after LeBron James revealed he will wear the same number 23 that he wore during his first spell with the franchise.

After making the decision to leave Miami Heat and return to the team where he made his name, James’s homecoming will be completed with him ditching the number six wearing the same number jersey he did during an incredible seven seasons at the franchise before his bitter move to Florida.

Despite reverting to the same number he wore during his first stint with Cleveland, replica jerseys and LeBron merchandise sporting the number 23 have already been flying off the shelves following the two-time NBA champion’s decision to head back to the Cavaliers after his four years in Miami. It’s certainly a far cry from 2010 when burning number 23 jerseys were a common sight across Cleveland following LeBron’s move to the Heat.

LeBron has led the NBA in jersey sales six of the last eleven NBA seasons, and his Miami #6 jersey was the top-selling jersey from this past NBA season.

James did this despite the comparisons and expectations that come from taking on such a symbolic move — that of taking on Michael Jordan’s #23.  Short of endorsing the move, Jordan responded to an ESPN text message asking him about Lebron’s decision, saying that he was “cool with it” and saying that he didn’t “own a number”. Oh, but you kind of do, Michael Jordan. Whether Jordan wants to stay away from that discussion, any NBA player that dons a #23 has an invisible weight on their shoulders whether they’re aware of it or not.

A two-year $42 million deal was enough to convince James to head back to Cleveland after a disappointing end to his Miami career. With the option of a longer-term, more lucrative deal after two years, James is also able to walk away from the Cavaliers for a second time should he decide he feels the franchise isn’t going in the direction he feels it should be.

After winning his two NBA championship titles in Miami Heat colours, LeBron will now be desperate to win the game’s biggest prize with the franchise he first made his name. The arrival of King James has certainly played a part in the Cavaliers now finding themselves as the Unibet favorites for this season’s championship title.

It remains to be seen whether the prodigal son will bring the big prize back with him to Cleveland.


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