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November 13, 2009 11:57 AM

LeBron James Wants To Change His Number

Following last night's win in Miami (a game attended by Michael Jordan himself), Cleveland's LeBron James made an interesting announcement: he's planning on changing his jersey number next season, from No. 23 to No. 6.

Out of respect to Michael Jordan, who sat courtside and watched James score 34 points, James said he is planning on switching his number after this season from No. 23 to No. 6. It just sort of came out, but it was obvious he's been thinking about it for a while.

And James wants to lead a movement to get every player who wears No. 23 in the league to give it up as a tribute to Jordan.

Right. Jordan was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, and just about everyone still thinks of him as the Greatest Of All Time, but apparently it isn't official until LBJ gets involved.

"I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon," James said. "There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn't Michael Jordan first.

"He can't get the logo, and if he can't, something has to be done. I feel like no NBA player should wear 23. I'm starting a petition, and I've got to get everyone in the NBA to sign it. Now, if I'm not going to wear No. 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it."

Sean Keeley said it best when he wrote, "Every notable NBA player who played before 1985 just went 'WTF?!?!'"

So, not only does LeBron think that Jordan hasn't received his fair share of recognition (absurd), but he's also going to make all the other current guys wearing No. 23 change their numbers, too. Remind me why we're suppose to like this guy again?


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