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LeBron James files to switch jersey numbers out of MJ respect

Mar 1, 2010, 10:45 PM EST

LeBron James is good to his word.

James said earlier in the season that he would change his number (#23) out of respect for Michael Jordan after he entered the Hall of Fame. Tonight Brian Windhorst reports that James has filed for that change to be effective next season.

James is switching to #6, which was his Olympic number and the day his first son was born.

James won’t benefit directly from the sales, but it does kind of suck for the millions and millions of Cleveland fans that bought his #23 jersey. Of course, it won’t be as big of a problem if it’s for a different city…

Just kiddin’!

  1. lemonverbeena - Mar 2, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Jeeez, might you have a secret crush on Kobe or are you just angry?

  2. ave - Mar 2, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Being known as the greatest is more then basketball stats. bill russell dominated the league during his time. now a days everyone has a higher talent average and most players are a threat on any given day. Kobe is Kobe and Lebron is Lebron. they both are great in their own ways. without the other 4 players they wouldnt win JACK. the fact is that we sshould be lucky to have such great players to adore instead of 90s – Jordan. 80s – Dr J 70s etc… Bottom Line, love your favorite player and respect others choices because they are all as good candidates as any other player.

  3. lemonverbeena - Mar 2, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Why so nasty?

  4. DCLAKERFAN - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    HAVE HIS OWN NUMBER??? EVIDENTLY YOU MUST BE A NEW BORN….CHECK THE NBA HISTORY BOOK YOU WILL SEE #6 ON ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS EVER WHEN HE WAS TRADED(HERE’S A HINT) TO THE 76ERS…

  5. Ossie - Mar 2, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Jorge – I said Lebron is a walking triple double threat – not Kobe. The point being, Lebron can fill a stat sheet better than anyone else – but stats don’t make the legend. Championships do. That’s what Kobe Bryant is doing. And don’t anyone make the poor claim that Kobe has a talented team and he SHOULD be winning trophies. Kobe’s playing with 2 other all stars in Gasol and Artest as too is Lebron in Shaq and Jamison, plus the Cavs have beaten the Lakers twice this season already. If Kobe wins it again this year… it underscores my point. While Lebron is busy winning MVPs and endorsements, Kobe’s winning Finals MVPs and rings.. and the legend continues… Kobe will be the first player ever to have 2 numbers retired for one team! :)

  6. Rip - Mar 2, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    DCLAKERFAN…….
    “Might as well have your own number when you go down as this generation’s greatest of all times.”
    The point being THIS GENERATION. The younger generation doesn’t look past high school and who played then. LeBron’s hero’s were Jordan and Iverson. After that…they pretty much feel everything is up for grabs.It was about who inspired him.
    As far as the greatest ever…..LeBron will have more points and already has more assists than J had at the end of his 7th year……..so maybe he thinks he’s entitled……..or maybe he’s going to 33 next year…and 34 the year after that….than 44 after that…..and change again to a former star’s number every year after that………..
    By the way….your caps button is on the bottm left.THat’ll unlock it for, ya, old timer. ;)

  7. jhon smith - Mar 2, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    uhh……………..R U OUT UR MIND DA CAVS NEED U BADDER DEN ANY OTHER TEAM KINDA BUT YEAH THINK ABOUT DAT IF U DO SWITCH TEAMS GO TO DA LAKERS.

  8. jhon smith - Mar 2, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    plz kobe iz betta den lebron

  9. WISDOMNBA - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    kobe is a loser just 1 championship as a main man, thats bluff
    MJ one on one with Kobe (in their primes) $100.
    MJ will smack kobe`s a…s…..s PRICELESS .
    Kobe after losing his battle weeping all day long went to LA and found another competitor LBJ.
    Kobe started frenzy shooting like 100 times and hiting 40 % of his shots but LBJ dunking in his face at will. Finally we had a winner….. and the winner is……… LEBRON JAMES.
    Best Laker ever is Magic
    Best player ever in NBA is MJ
    Best player in the last 5 years LBJ
    Kobe has the weeper price.
    GO LAKERS!

  10. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    you said: “kobe is a loser just 1 championship as a main man, thats bluff”
    Bluff? do you realize the percentage of NBA players who could even boast of having at least a championship? Moreso of being a vital cog in a championship run? LBJ can have the season MVP for all we care but Kobe has got something much more important than multiple season-MVP’s — the Larry O’Brien trophy and the Finals MVP.
    Kobe has nothing to weep about.
    LBJ has a lot to weep about. Remember his unsportsmanlike behavior just right after the buzzer of the last game between the Magic in the EFC last year?
    I thought so.
    But I do agree with you: Magic is the best if not one of the top three Lakers ever and MJ the best NBA player ever.

  11. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    I agree with you regarding Jordan’s elevating the game in the NBA. And you also go on mentioning people in other countries watching him play.
    But by that time the NBA is getting better media mileage globally thanks to technology. And now, people can get into the latest thing on the NBA through their mobile phones and not just their pc’s. You don’t even need the telly to update yourself of real time happenings which you can even do while you are at work!
    Back in the 80’s and even earlier, global exposure was very much limited if not outright nil in other countries. And even for people in the U.S., they even have to hope that their fave teams get to play in a national-televised game.

  12. TheObjectiveOne - Mar 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    So Bill Russell’s #6 is okay for LJ to wear? Bizarre. Jordan is only arguably the best player to ever play, but so is Russell.

  13. Are You Kidding Me? - Mar 24, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Hey Rip….just to let you know….Phil Jackson’s still in LA. AND he’s signed a contract extension. He’s gonna be there for a while. DUMB ASS

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