LeBron James, number 6 → 23… Homage to Russell

LeBron James (LA Lakers), the star of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers토토사이트, changes his shirt number from 6 to 23.

The Lakers team announced on the 16th (Korean time), “James will use number 23 from the 2023-2024 season.” James was number 23 when he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, then number 6 until 2014 when he moved to the Miami Heat in 2011. He changed it back to number 23 in 2015 when he returned to Cleveland.

“James decided to change his shirt number himself,” said James’ agent Rich Paul, “because he respects Bill Russell.” Russell passed away last year, and the NBA designated 6, which was his uniform number, as a permanent number for all 30 clubs. Russell won 11 championships with the Boston Celtics and was named MVP five times. He was the first black head coach in the NBA.

The NBA decided to continue allowing the number 6 only for players who already use the number 6, but James paid tribute to Russell by switching from the number 6 to the number 23.

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