A week or so ago, LeBron sent out a poll of sorts, asking whether or not fans thought he should come back as #6 or #23. There were plenty of arguments for both numbers, each benefiting from good points, but neither one had a solid case over the other. He started his NBA career under the number widely –and justifiably– associated with Michael Jordan, but his departure to the Miami Heat also saw him take up a new numerical mantle when he chose his Olympic jersey number.
It’s widely believed the real reason he chose his #6 jersey number for the Heat wasn’t because he felt Jordan’s number should be retired throughout the league –although I honestly agree with that sentiment,– but instead because the Heat had already retired Jordan’s #23 jersey number; which meant that even if LeBron wanted to keep his original number, he wouldn’t be allowed to. Since LeBron left the Miami beaches for the Lake Erie shore, he had the ability to return to his first choice; it’s really not all that surprising that he did.
While most may not think it’s a big deal and it’s somewhat absurd that this is even news; I’m ecstatic that LeBron is returning to his original team, his hometown team, secured in the wine and gold colors with #23 emblazoned on the front and back, for all to once again bear witness.
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