LeBron James hits social media to reveal number he’ll wear with Cavaliers (photo)
While the world waited with baited breath, LeBron James spent a few weeks pondering what number he should wear now that he has made his triumphant return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Should it be No. 6, the number he wore with the Miami Heat after taking his talents to South Beach. Should it be No. 23, the number he wore during his first stint with the Cavs? Or how about No. 32, the number he wore his freshman year of high school when the N0. 23 he coveted was not available? Or how about a different number altogether, perhaps to symbolize a fresh new start?
We can chalk up this conundrum as “LeBron Guy Problems.”
James has ruminated over the decision for a couple weeks, ever since he took to social media and sought out suggestions from his millions of fans regarding what number he should don with Cleveland.
Thankfully, much like when he made his “Decision 2: Electric Boogaloo” with relative quickness regarding his free agency, LeBron again did not allow the NBA to grind to a screeching halt for too long as it related to his jersey number.
James took to Twitter and Instagram on Sunday to announce via some multiplication and archival photos what he has decided. And that decision was that he would wear No. 23, the same number he wore with the Cavs from 2006-2010.
23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6. #HomeTeam #StriveForGreatness http://t.co/2MpznC8JNM
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 27, 2014
In other words, what once was old has become new again.
Almost immediately following James’ announcement, adidas revealed that it had already begun preparations so that the company will be able to crank out LeBron James-Cleveland Cavaliers-No. 23-related jerseys, shirts, etc. at a torrid pace.
Blake Lundberg, vice president of the Indianapolis sports licensing facility where adidas will produce and the gear, said 20 automated printers are being set up for an initial production run and that No. 23 t-shirts will be shipped out to 140 accounts in the next few days.
Pre-orders that began on July 11 means that Cavaliers jerseys were initially sold out in home, away and alternate replicas, according to an ESPN.com report.
Of course, the decision to return to No. 23 flies in the face of a sentiment expressed by James when he announced that he intended to change his number from 23 to 6 to pay tribute to Michael Jordan, a change that occurred when he headed to Miami.
James felt the No. 23 should be retired league-wide in honor of Jordan.
“I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon,” said James. “There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn’t Michael Jordan first.”
Everyone is allowed to change their mind, right?