Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James spoke about going back to wearing the number 23, stating that he has now earned the right to wear the number made famous by Michael Jordan.
On a recent promotional stop for the NBA, News-Two caught up with LeBron James and asked him about the number change. “When I went to Miami I always knew I would be back in Cleveland,” LeBron James stated. “I’ve worn the number 23 my entire life, which was obviously me paying homage to MJ, but after seven years in Cleveland, I thought it was time for a fresh start.”
“When I made the difficult decision to go back to Cleveland, I had a little more jewelry in my collection,” LeBron stated, alluding to winning two championships with Miami. “I felt like the time was right to go back to it. I am a champion, and I have earned the right to wear it.”
While many fans feel like no player will ever accomplish what Jordan did, the man himself said he has no problem with LeBron wearing the number.
“I’m cool with it,” Jordan told ESPN.com via text message Monday morning. “I don’t own a number.”
When James changed numbers he stated that no one should wear number 23. “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.”
“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.”