LeBron James opted to change his number and once again wear number 23 on his vest.
This was announced by the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. The star player has worn number 6 for his last two seasons.
“It’s LeBron’s decision,” his agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN. He made this decision out of respect for Bill Russell.
The NBA retired the number 6 after the death of legendary Boston Celtics player Bill Russell in August 2022. The Tour, however, allowed athletes who already wore it to continue to do so, which was the case of James.
The 38-year-old basketball player wore number 23 for his first seven seasons in the NBA, when he wore the colors of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He moved up to number six when he joined the Miami Heat in 2010. James then moved to number 23 for his first three seasons with the Lakers.
Last week, James announced he would be playing his 21st NBA season in 2023-24. After his team was eliminated in the spring, he said he was thinking about his future in the league.