RealClearSports
Advertisement

Sixers Ball


November 19, 2009 12:53 PM

If NBA retires No. 23, what about others?

mj4.jpgQuestion of the day: Does being the greatest player in the sport mean you've had the most influence on it?

According to reigning NBA MVP LeBron James and basketball Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the answer's apparently yes.

King James recently revealed he's changing his jersey number from No. 23 to No. 6 in homage of Michael Jordan, and on Wednesday, Magic said he would support his effort for a league-wide retirement of M.J.'s old Bulls number (photo above).     

While it's not too surprising the 25-year-old James would love to honor his favorite all-time baller, it's somewhat surprising Magic, who helped usher in the greatest era in the game, would support the move.


mjhall2.jpgEven 21-year-old Kevin Durant of the Supersonics, who sports No. 35, realizes the consequences of such an unreasonable idea.

"I have a lot of respect for Michael Jordan, and LeBron is one of my best friends, so whatever he wants to do as far as his own number I'm behind. But I also know who came before me," Durant told NBA.com. "Nothing against M.J., but if you retire his number around the league, what about Bill Russell and Oscar Robinson and Elgin Baylor? And all of the other great players who went before?"

Last week, James said: "I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon."

Second question of the day: Wasn't that the purpose of Jordan's enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (photo above) in September?

(Wikimedia Commons, Associated Press photos)

A Member Of