LeBron James’ number change: the Lakers star would have abandoned jersey 23 after “Space Jam”

LeBron James is expected to have a new number during the 2021-22 NBA season.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, James will wear the No.6 jersey next year, the number he wore during his four years with the Miami Heat.

The change will come after his appearance in “Space Jam 2: A New Legacy” over the summer.

This is not the first time James has changed numbers in his career, nor the first time he’s worn the number 6. Here is a brief history of the jerseys he has worn in his 18 year career. NBA.

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Why LeBron James wore the numbers 23, 6 during his NBA career

During his first stint with the Cavaliers from 2003-2010, James donned the # 23 jersey. The reason he chose this jersey had everything to do with Michael Jordan, as he explained in an interview in 2019 .

“I wear the great Michael Jordan n ° 23”, Jacques said. “When I first started playing basketball I was like, ‘Oh man, that looks good. I want to be able to fly like him. I want to be able to shoot like him. I want to be able to dunk on someone like him I want to be able to stick my tongue out like him and scream in the face of someone like MJ.

“So ever since I started playing ball I wore No. 23.”

However, when James first joined the Heat in 2010, he left the No.23 jersey and opted to wear the No.6 instead. At the time, he explained that he was doing this to honor Jordan’s legacy.

“I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game needs to be recognized in some way soon,” James said, by Launderer report. “There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if it hadn’t been for Michael Jordan first.”

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At the time, James had even requested that the number be taken out in the league.

“I feel like no NBA player should wear a size 23. I’m starting a petition and asking everyone in the NBA to sign it.” said Jacques. “Now if I don’t wear number 23, then no one else should be able to wear it.”

It never really picked up any steam, and so when James returned to Cleveland in 2014 he opted to wear the No.23 jersey again. He wore 23 from that point in 2014-21 until ‘when the last change is announced.

Why is LeBron James changing his jersey number again?

But why is LeBron making the switch again? Well, it might have something to do with teammate Anthony Davis.

Prior to coming to the Lakers, Davis had always worn the 23 shirt with the Pelicans, and James was fine with the idea of ​​gifting Davis the number. However, by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Nike closed this before the 2019-2020 season:

Due to production issues and the massive financial blow Nike reportedly absorbed from James No.23 inventory already produced, Nike was unable to meet demand for this season, sources said.

After a few years, Nike may be better able to adjust to change, especially if James and Davis have given them advance notice.

However, as The Athletic’s Charania and Tim Cato reported, Davis is expected to retain his No. 3 jersey. So, maybe there’s another reason James chose to turn things around again.

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