So, LeBron James “Miami Heat” era will indeed feel more like a temporary phase in his career as he has decided to wear his original #23. So the #6 jersey number will only be a memory of his Miami years.
LeBron made the announcement via Twitter and Instagram on Sunday:
“23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6.”
Even before James switched to No. 6 with the Heat in 2010, while still wearing No. 23 during his initial stint with the Cavaliers, James said, “I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon. There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn’t Michael Jordan first.”
In fact, in Nov. 2009, after playing against the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena in a game when Jordan happened to be in the stands, James said, “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.”
Some took James’ decision to switch to No. 6 in deference to Jordan as a snub to the championship lineage of Bill Russell, who wore No. 6 with the Boston Celtics.
James wore No. 23 for his first seven NBA seasons with the Cavaliers, before turning to No. 6, his Olympic championship number when he signed with the Heat as a free agent in July 2010.
Still burns Miami, we know.