A week ago, LeBron James took his Instagram to ask fans if he should wear no. 6 or go back to no. 23 this season. Recently, James announced that since he’s with his old team, we’ll be seeing him rock his old 23 again for the Cleveland Cavaliers. But he’s not the first athlete to switch it up once he switches teams. The same way girls change their hairstyles after a big life decision, NBA players change their numbers to signal something new.
The big story here is that right before James left Cleveland to hit South Beach, he said he was going to change his jersey number from 23 to 6 out of respect for Michael Jordan. He even said the NBA should retire MJ’s number league wide. James might be going back on his initial thought but it’s all good with MJ, who said to ESPN’s Chris Broussard “I’m cool with it. I don’t own a number.”
Here’s a list of few NBA players that wore different numbers in their careers.