2014 Published: July 29, 2014 Updated: February 19, 2019  |  WORDS: Hana Kim

Michael Jordan Has No Issues With Lebron James Wearing No. 23

LeBron James will be returning to No. 23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Michael Jordan couldn’t care less. 


Lebron James is switching jersey numbers from 6 to 23.

“I’m cool with it,” Jordan told ESPN.com via text message Monday morning. “I don’t own a number.”

Jordan wore No. 23 throughout his illustrious career. James, who idolized Jordan growing up, wore No. 23 during his first seven seasons with the Cavaliers.

After leaving Cleveland and joining the Miami Heat four years ago, James switched to No. 6 as a tribute to Jordan. He announced he would change numbers in November of 2009, his last season in Cleveland. 

According to ESPN.com, James did not contact Jordan before making the announcement on his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Sunday.