NBA sensation LeBron James strives for retirement of Michael Jordan’s famous jersey number “23”
By: Taren Vaughan
LeBron James is by far one of the most talented NBA superstars of today. Although his talent surpasses many other players’ of his generation, he wants to honor one of the greats that came before him.
LeBron James is attempting to have basketball great Michael Jordan’s jersey number “23” retired in honor of one of his idols. James gives a lot of credit to Michael Jordan for the opportunities that he has had in the sport of basketball. Here’s what LeBron had to say about Jordan’s influence:
“There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn’t the NBA’s logo), and if he can’t, something has to be done. I feel like no NBA player should wear 23.” –LeBron James
Although LeBron’s efforts support a good cause, an NBA spokesman says that his goal may be hard to reach, considering the fact that “retiring a player’s number is a decision that has been made by the teams and not the league”.
James is trying to encourage other NBA players to sign a petition to get Jordan’s jersey number retired. If he is successful, LeBron James wants every player in the league to stop wearing jerseys with the number 23 on them in honor of M.J.. Jordan’s former team, the Chicago Bulls have retired his jersey number but the league has yet to do so. Other professional leagues have retired players’ numbers. So should the NBA retire Jordan’s too?