Lebron James Defers To Greatness…or at Least Some Part of It

March 2nd, 2010 by david weintraub Leave a reply »
In what would seemingly be an innocent attempt at deferring to greatness, LeBron James has decided to give up the heralded number "23," most notably dawned by the great Michael Jordan, and has instead opted for his Olympic number of "6." 

Apparently James had been considering this move as far back as November, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but has now officially submitted the paperwork to the NBA to make the change official.

Many well known basketball players have changed their numbers, most recently Kobe Bryant who went from No. 8 to his high school No. 24.  Bryant had initially wanted No. 33, his father's high school digits, but it was retired by the Lakers in honor of Kareem Abdul-Jabaar.  The No. 8 was arrived upon because it was the combined total of his Adidas ABCD Camp number of 143 (1+4+3=8, for those scoring at home). 

However, in choosing No. 24 no one wondered why Bryant chose not to respect the likes of Bill Bradley, Tom Chambers, or Sam Jones, great players in their own right, but none of them the level of Bryant. 

James on the other hand, has chosen the legendary No. 6, and while the nod to Jordan is a ...

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