LeBron James said he would trade in his current #23 jersey after this year for a new #6. This is to honor and show respect to perhaps the games’ greatest player, Michael Jordan. On the other hand, it will have a massive impact on merchandising sales.
Why No. 6? The No. 6 was James’ Olympic number, Julius Erving is his second-favorite player and LeBrons’ first child was born on Oct. 6; his second in June (the sixth month). Now that we have the hows and whys out of the way, what does all of this mean?
To me, it means that LeBron likes being the star of the show. He needs to feed his ego. However, he is smart and says all the right things. When he explains why he wants to switch numbers and have #23 retired as a number forever, James said he has been considering the change for some time. He says he thinks that what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized in some way. I guess Jordan getting to the Hall of Fame is not enough.
Nevertheless, I do give him kudos for being professional and knowing his place. He is not like Chris Paul of the Hornets who felt he should have been consulted before ownership fired head coach, Byron Scott. Imagine the audacity of owner George Shinn not to ask one of the players if he should switch head coaches! What is the world coming to? Moreover, we do not have to put up with the antics of an Allen Iverson. Imagine if James abused his stardom and popularity, he enjoys right now lording it over the league.
What we have is a young superstar, secure in his own abilities and yet respectful of the chain of command. He also knows how to play to a crowd. He also will divert some of the attention away from himself as to if he will stay in Cleveland after this season. He also will increase jersey sales and keep his name in front of everyone. What we have is a savvy businessman who has what it takes to be successful. Viva A LeBron James