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Old 11-13-2009, 08:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Basking in the glow of a victory over the Heat, Cavs superstar LeBron James looked over at his idol sitting in the stands at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday night and made a command decision. Out of respect to Michael Jordan, who sat courtside and watched James score 34 points, James said he is planning on switching his number after this season from No. 23 to No. 6. It just sort of came out, but it was obvious he's been thinking about it for a while. And James wants to lead a movement to get every player who wears No. 23 in the league to give it up as a tribute to Jordan.
LeBron James planning to give up No. 23 out of respect for Michael Jordan, urges others to do same | Cleveland Cavaliers - cleveland.com -
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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maybe nba itself should retire the number
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I totally agree. The league shouldn't retire 23, but the players should give it up out of respect.

Good job Lebron, even you aren't worthy.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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maybe nba itself should retire the number
they should. what do people think is the next most over-used jersey number in the nba?
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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they should. what do people think is the next most over-used jersey number in the nba?
33, even James white uses that.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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So, MJ is special enough to warrant Lebron changing his number huh?

Does that make Bill Russell's #6 less prestigious?

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Old 11-13-2009, 11:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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So, MJ is special enough to warrant Lebron changing his number huh?

Does that make Bill Russell's #6 less prestigious?

Great point. Also Russell is a little more of a "team player". THe last time I seen Michael Jordan being selfless was well .... never.

Fantastic player though.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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wow dint think lebron would do something like this, its very noble of him:respect:
but why number 6? he should be number 25 or 22 then it would be cool cause
Jordan #23 Kobe #24 Lebron #25 or Lebron #22 Jordan #23 Kobe #24...if you ask me thats sounds cool..
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Great point. Also Russell is a little more of a "team player". THe last time I seen Michael Jordan being selfless was well .... never.

Fantastic player though.
To me, Bill Russell is what basketball is about.

There's something about that guy that just seems mythical to me...
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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To me, Bill Russell is what basketball is about.

There's something about that guy that just seems mythical to me...
No arguments here. I'm a big Russell fan. From the way he carry's himself to how he expresses himself in print. Russell is just a Living Legend that you can actually live up to.


Jordan is a great player, a marketing machine but he'll never have that Russell selflessness.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:09 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It's a double edge sword to me..... I think wearing a guys jersey just because you respect him that much is almost better than not wearing it out of respect.

Basically it's plastering on your jersey the fact that you idolize someone. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. People should take it that way.

I saw someone (it was either Kirk Muller or Wendall Clark) talking about whether he feels jersey numbers should be retired and he said that he is always proud when ANYONE chooses the number because of him.

I think I would feel that way, no man is an island.

The big issue is, someone will beat Jordan, someone will be almost as good etc. etc....When and where do you draw the line on number retirements?

I would call MJ up and say "hey I want to wear your number? That ok with you?"... If he said no, I wouldn't wear it because he seems like the kind of asshole who wouldn't want anyone to wear it ever again.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:18 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It's a double edge sword to me..... I think wearing a guys jersey just because you respect him that much is almost better than not wearing it out of respect.

Basically it's plastering on your jersey the fact that you idolize someone. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. People should take it that way.

I saw someone (it was either Kirk Muller or Wendall Clark) talking about whether he feels jersey numbers should be retired and he said that he is always proud when ANYONE chooses the number because of him.

I think I would feel that way, no man is an island.

The big issue is, someone will beat Jordan, someone will be almost as good etc. etc....When and where do you draw the line on number retirements?

I would call MJ up and say "hey I want to wear your number? That ok with you?"... If he said no, I wouldn't wear it because he seems like the kind of asshole who wouldn't want anyone to wear it ever again.

I hear ya. However I say you retire numbers and be selective which ones you retire. I know Boston is running out of numbers but hey they have been awesome for a long time.

Don't do this Maple Leafs honouring BS
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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That's wack fuck retiring numbers unless it's Jackie
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:14 PM   #15 (permalink)
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what a load of shit, he's doing this to outsell kobe's jersey this season
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:14 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I don't really care either way. If James doesn't want to wear it then so be it, nice gesture and all but a campaign to stop people wearing it is a little too much. For the league to retire the number doesn't make sense because where does it end? What about Wilt and Bill? Magic and Bird? No retiring numbers but if players really want to tribute Jordan by not wearing it then so be it I just don't think they shouldn't feel any pressure to do it. James isn't the law or an authority and as such if he wants to go off and hold Jordan's hand then fine with me, I just wish he'd keep it to himself.

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Old 11-13-2009, 03:07 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I think he might also be changing his number because he will be changing where he plays. Just a thought but who knows.
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:32 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I think he might also be changing his number because he will be changing where he plays. Just a thought but who knows.
i was thinking the same thing
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:48 PM   #19 (permalink)
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LOL I wear 6. Hes obviously changing his number because he idolizes me more than Jordan
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:33 PM   #20 (permalink)
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LOL. 6 is his USA team jersey number.
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