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LeBron James can continue to wear number 6

It was announced last night the NBA decided to retire Bill Russell’s number 6 across the entire League. And we learned very quickly that despite this huge tribute to Billou, current players who already have this number – like LeBron James – will be able to continue to wear it. Zoom on the last players to represent #6 in the NBA.

“Will LeBron have to resume on 23? » This is one of the questions that came up the most after the big NBA announcement last night. As said just above, the King like the other players currently wearing the number 6 will be able to keep it, but no player will now be able to select this number in the future. FYI, 25 players wore #6 last season. Here is the official list, via Basketball-Reference.

  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Pelicans, Jazz)
  • Moses Brown (Horsemen)
  • Shaq Buchanan (Grizzlies)
  • Alex Caruso (Bulls)
  • Zylan Cheatham (Jazz)
  • Gabriel Deck (Thunder)
  • Hamidou Diallo (Pistons)
  • David Duke Jr. (Nets)
  • Bryn Forbes (Nuggets)
  • Melvin Frazier (Thunder)
  • Quentin Grimes (Knicks)
  • Montrezl Harrell (Wizards)
  • LeBron James (Lakers)
  • Keon Johnson (Blazers)
  • Kenyon Martin Jr. (Rockets)
  • Jalen McDaniels (Hornets)
  • Jordan McLaughlin (Wolves)
  • Kevin Pangos (Horsemen)
  • Kristaps Porzingis (Mavericks, Wizards)
  • Javonte Smart (Bucks)
  • Lance Stephenson (Pacers)
  • Rayjon Tucker (Nuggets)
  • Luca Vildoza (Bucks)
  • Tyrone Wallace (Pelicans)
  • Lou Williams (Hawks)

One wonders if one or more of them will still decide to change their number, just to honor Bill Russell a little more. Those who choose to keep him will in any case be the last to play with the same number as the legendary Celtics pivot.

For the record, know that LeBron James first opted for number 6 in 2010, when he moved from Cleveland to Miami. A few months before “The Decision”, the King had made a general call for all NBA players to leave aside the famous number 23, which he said should be retired in honor of Michael Jordan. Without success. That didn’t stop James from picking it up once back in Ohio in 2014, before switching to #6 again for his fourth season with the Lakers in 2021-22. For the moment, we have no indication of a possible desire for LeBron to change his current number. But if he decided to take the plunge in Billou’s honor, #23 would probably make a comeback, and it might not be so bad since that’s the number he went with. at the end with the Lakers in 2020.

FYI, in the event that LBJ decides to change teams one last time for the end of his career, he would then be obliged to leave his #6 because the latter will never again be given to a player. To put it another way, LeBron will be seen with number 6 only at the Lakers and nowhere else. By the way, small parenthesis, we can wonder how it will go on the side of Miami during the future ceremony of the retirement of the jersey of James, who wore # 6 for four years to get two bagouzes in four NBA Finals played. We imagine that there will be two banners hanging from the ceiling of the Heat room, one in honor of LeBron’s contributions to the Florida franchise and the other to pay tribute to the legacy of Bill Russell. When we know that #23 is also retired in Miami in honor of… Michael Jordan, it might be a bit messy up there.

Removing a number from all 30 NBA teams is a league first. The NBA thus joined the MLB (baseball) and the NHL (hockey), which respectively retired Jackie Robinson’s #42 and Wayne Gretzky’s #99. But let LeBron and Kevin Pangos fans rest assured they won’t need to buy a new jersey with a new number.

Source text: Basketball-Reference

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