LeBron James Returning To Number 23 To Honor Bill Russell



LeBron James intends to pay respects to the late Boston Celtics legend, Bill Russell, by switching his jersey number back to 23 this upcoming season. His longtime friend and agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group, confirmed the news to ESPN on Saturday night.

“It’s LeBron’s decision,” Paul told the outlet. “He chose to out of respect for Bill Russell.” In the wake of Russell’s passing, last summer, the NBA retired the No. 6 across the league. It was the first time that the league had ever honored a player to that extent. James had a choice to keep wearing No. 6, however, as players already using the number were grandfathered in.

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