LeBron James Will Not Wear No. 23 Next Season

November 13th, 2009 by Euno Lee Leave a reply »
Although none of us (including Lebron) know what jersey LeBron James will be wearing next season, we know what number he WON'T be wearing.  In a post-game interview with Craig Sager, LeBron James extolled Michael Jordan's legacy and announced multiple times that he will not be wearing the No. 23 next season, and went onto say, "I don't think anyone in the NBA should be wearing the No. 23." 

It doesn't take a numerology buff to know that the number 23 is symbolic of excellence.  It also means big shoes.  In 2003, when LeBron James was drafted with the No. 1 pick and a No. 23 jersey, it was also symbolic; James, for the $90 million Nike contract, for all the hype that surrounded him, had big shoes to fill. 

The No. 23 gave him more pressure, and made those proverbial big shoes impossibly huge.  For being the first player to average 30/7/7 since His Airness averaged 32/8/8 in 1989, LeBron James became the most complete perimeter player since Jordan himself, and as for those shoes, came frighteningly close to filling them.

The idea of a number change also shows how much LeBron has matured as a person.  He was already mature to begin with, but h ...

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