LeBron James to Change His Number Next Year?

November 13th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
Michael Jordan watched the Miami Heat play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night as two of the game's premier players (and potential free agents in nine short months) played.

After Dwyane Wade's Heat lost to LeBron James' Cavs, TNT's Craig Sager spoke with James about the presence of Jordan at the game.

James, a student of the game who's respectful of the history of the NBA (and shoe contracts), instantly began talking about how much respect he has for Jordan "paving the way" for players like him to make millions.

Then James threw Sager a curveball he couldn't handle: James said he's going to give up the number he's had on his back his entire NBA career, 23, out of respect for Jordan's influence on the game.

James said the league couldn't redesign their logo, changing out Jerry West for Jordan's Jumpman, but he believed the entire league should retire "Jordan's Number" the way the NHL has globally retired Wayne Gretzky's 99 and MLB has retired Jackie Robinson's 42.

"[Jordan's] number shouldn't be worn by any player in the NBA," James told Sager.

(Obviously nobody is putting either Jordan or Gretzky in the ...

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