After a tumultuous 2018-19 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James tweeted this, passively-aggressively stating his intentions to change his number to six.
He was not allowed to do so initially because he lacked a deadline, Darren Rovell of the Action Network noted in a report:
“James had initially planned to give up at No. 23 for the 2019-20 season, but missed the March deadline to announce a shirt change. Nike had a chance to allow the NBA to approve the change anyway and the he denied it because of the deafening jerseys still on the market.
James presented quietly again without fanfare, made the deadline and therefore allowed Nike to prepare, sources said.
Throughout the history of the sport, you will find a multitude of athletes who were fantastic while wearing more jersey numbers, but the class becomes tremendously reduced when you apply the “same team” qualifier. And while rookies who come up with high uniform numbers before getting their permanents are on a long list, the number of athletes who were fantastic while wearing different numbers for the same team is rarer. Here are some of the best examples we’ve discovered, and maybe James will be here soon (as he hasn’t already even before playing a game in his purple-and-gold No. 6!).