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LeBron James will return to No. 23 next season after switching from No. 6

by Gabriel Martinez
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LeBron James Jersey Change

LeBron James is not only set for his 21st season in the NBA, but he’s also returning to his original jersey number.

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Saturday that James will be donning No. 23 next season. This reveal was made by tweeting a picture of James’ gold jersey showing his name and the No. 23.

Since entering the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, James has oscillated between No. 23 and No. 6. Last season, while becoming the NBA’s career scoring leader, he wore No. 6. This number has since been retired by the league in honor of Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics Hall of Famer who passed away.

Rich Paul, the agent representing James, shared with ESPN that James’ decision to switch numbers was a gesture of respect for Russell.

During the broadcast of the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, James confirmed that he will continue playing next season.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about LeBron James Jersey Change

What jersey number will LeBron James be wearing next season?

LeBron James will be wearing No. 23 for his 21st season in the NBA.

Why is LeBron James changing his jersey number?

LeBron James is changing his jersey number back to No. 23 as a mark of respect for Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics Hall of Famer, whose No. 6 jersey number has been retired by the league.

For which teams has LeBron James worn No. 23 and No. 6?

LeBron James wore No. 23 when he entered the NBA in 2003 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has worn No. 6 in several seasons, including while becoming the NBA’s career scoring leader.

Did LeBron James confirm he would continue playing next season?

Yes, LeBron James confirmed during the broadcast of the ESPY Awards that he would continue playing next season.

How was LeBron James’ jersey number change announced?

The Los Angeles Lakers announced LeBron James’ jersey number change by tweeting a picture of his back with James’ name and No. 23 showing on his gold jersey.

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5 comments

CavsForLife July 16, 2023 - 1:16 pm

oh man, brings back the memories of him in 23 with the cavs. hope he has a great season, respect!

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NBALover July 17, 2023 - 2:27 am

wow, LeBron paying respect to Bill Russell… Class act right there! Can’t wait to see him back in action.

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hoopsJunky July 17, 2023 - 3:06 am

Hang on, isnt 23 LeBron’s original number?? Why’d he switch to 6 anyway???

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AllStarFollower July 17, 2023 - 4:22 am

LeBrons 21st season?? dudes a machine… NBA wouldn’t be the same without him.

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LakersFan99 July 17, 2023 - 4:38 am

Finally! lebron’s going back to 23! It’s gonna be a killer season, just you wait and see.

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