Report: The reason Lakers star LeBron James is finally changing his number back to No. 6 now
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has been looking to change his number back to No. 6 from No. 23 ever since Anthony Davis teamed up with him in 2019, but there have been obstacles in the way the last few years. But now with the release of Space Jam: A New Legacy, LeBron is finally returning to No. 6.
According to The Athletic, James’ jersey change will come after Space Jam is released on July 16, and this swap has been purposefully timed to coincide with the movie coming out. LeBron wears No. 6 in the film.
The King initially intended to gift No. 23 to Davis back after the star big man was acquired by the Lakers in 2019, but it was too late for Nike to change up its manufacturing plans for the 2019-20 season. The COVID-19 pandemic then delayed the change another year. But now with those obstacles removed and LeBron set to star in Space Jam, the change is finally being made.
Davis will not be changing to No. 23, though. He’s reportedly sticking with his No. 3 because he won his first championship in that number. The Lakers big man had worn 23 before because that’s the number he was assigned as a kid.
LeBron currently has four NBA championships, winning his first two while wearing No. 6 with the Miami Heat and his last two while wearing No. 23, first with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and then with the Lakers in the bubble. Now that he’s going back to No. 6, we’ll see if he breaks that tie.
James started his career wearing No. 23 and then changed to No. 6 when he joined Miami in 2010. The Heat have No. 23 retired because of Michael Jordan. LeBron has also been No. 6 in the Olympics three times.