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Why Did LeBron James Decide To Wear No. 23 During His Comeback With The Cavaliers?

Submitted by on July 28, 2014 – 10:54 am2 Comments

The last time Cleveland Cavaliers fans saw LeBron James wearing their team’s uniform, he was walking off the court after a bad playoff beat and ripping his No. 23 jersey off his back. About a month later, he announced that he was making the decision to leave Cleveland to go and play for the Miami Heat. And a lot of Cavs fans thought that they had seen LeBron wearing the No. 23 for the final time. He changed his jersey number to No. 6 the following season, said that he thought the NBA should retire No. 23 for good, and seemingly moved on from the idea of wearing the number that Michael Jordan made famous ever again.

So why then is LeBron making the decision to wear No. 23 now that he’s headed back to Cleveland this fall to suit up for the Cavaliers? He announced that he’ll be making his return to the No. 23 on Instagram yesterday and, in doing so, went against what he’s said in the past about the number. But if you think about it, it does make sense for him to resume wearing the number because of all the success he enjoyed in it the first time around. It’s also the number that Cavs fans associate with him, so it just wouldn’t have been right for him to roll out in the No. 6 next season. And it also wouldn’t have made much sense for him to pick a new number. Three numbers in one career would have made all of his jersey retirements a nightmare in the future.

At the end of the day, LeBron can wear No. 23, No. 6, or No. 99 and it won’t make much difference. It’s just a jersey number. But 23 is the number that Cavs fans remember him wearing back in 2010 when he left. And since he’s coming back to Cleveland to try and repair the damage that he did when he walked out on the city, it’s only right that he do it in his original number. So get ready to see lots and lots of No. 23 jerseys in Cleveland both now and in the future.

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