ESPN- Michael Jordan has no problem with LeBron James returning to No. 23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I’m cool with it,” Jordan told ESPN.com via text message Monday morning. “I don’t own a number.”
Jordan, who now owns the Charlotte Bobcats, wore No. 23 during his legendary playing career. James idolized Jordan growing up and wore No. 23 during his first seven seasons with the Cavaliers. But after leaving Cleveland and joining the Miami Heat four years ago, James switched to No. 6, saying it was as a tribute to Jordan. He announced he would change numbers in November of 2009, his last season in Cleveland.
“I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon,” James, who had worn No. 23 since his sophomore year in high school, said at the time. “There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn’t Michael Jordan first.
MJ played this one perfectly. He knows everyone recognizes he was the original 23 and that anyone who chooses that number is an impersonator. The whole “I don’t own a number” is straight out of the ex-boyfriend “it’s cool, we are no longer dating”. Just by having someone ask him about this means that Jordan has the permanent upper-hand on LeBron for the rest of his life. Shinebox level ownership. Reason 482,502 he will never pass MJ on the food chain.
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