LeBron James goes back to number 23

LeBron vs. Wizards' Caron Butler in earlier Cavalier incarnation. (Wikipedia)

LOS ANGELES, July 27, 2014 — LeBron James has announced via Twitter that he would be wearing the number 23 next year, which is his original number with Cleveland.

Sounds like a feel good story except if you are able to remember way back to 2009 when LeBron decided to switch from 23 to the number six to honor Michael Jordan.

In 2009, 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.”

This petition presumably went nowhere and James either forgot that he was honoring Jordan by not wearing the number or he has chosen to no longer honor Michael Jordan.

Or something even more sinister is at hand and he is aligning himself with the number once again so that upon his retirement, he can lobby the NBA to retire the number in honor of Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

While conspiracies may abound, one thing is for certain. Two multiplied by three certainly equals six. Don’t worry, six, you’re still family.

The self-proclaimed “King” was drafted by Cleveland in 2003 and played there for seven seasons before taking his talents to Miami in search of championships. In Miami, James won two championships back to back in 2012 and 2013, but the future Hall of Famer opted out of his contract with Miami after a disappointing loss to San Antonio in the Finals last year.

The ten-time all-star has a career 27.1 scoring average to go with 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists.

Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News. He also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music and food. Kevin plays guitar in the Los Angeles punk band Emmer Effer. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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