King LeBron James is set to change to jersey number 6 from 23 next season of the NBA as he sets a whole new legacy tribute.
According to The Athletic, LeBron’s decision to change jersey number is expected to come after “Space Jam: A New Legacy” is released July 16. In the movie, the 17-time All-Star teams up with Bugs Bunny in a sequel to “Space Jam” starring Michael Jordan, which was released in 1996.
LeBron kicked started his basketball career wearing No. 23 in Cleveland, switched to the No. 6 jerseys when he joined the Miami Heat for four seasons, winning championships in 2012 and ’13. He went back to No. 23 when he returned to Cleveland in July 2014 and helped the Cavaliers win their first championship in 2016.
LeBron chose No. 23 when he joined the Lakers in July 2018.
Lance Stephenson was the last Lakers player to wear No. 6, doing so in 2018-19. Other former Lakers to don the number include Jordan Clarkson and Eddie Jones.
The Lakers’ season ended last week with a first-round loss to the Suns in six games, marking the first time James’ team has ever lost in the first round.
The NBA rules stipulate that players need to notify the league more than a year in advance of an intended jersey change. That’s why, even though LeBron used his 23 as a house-warming gift to Davis when Davis was traded to the Lakers in the summer of 2019, the jersey number swap ultimately didn’t take place. The two wouldn’t have been able to do it until the following season.
LeBron wanted to change his number two summers ago when Davis initially joined the team, even posting an Instagram photo posing with Davis and a No. 23 Davis jersey.
However, it would have been too costly for Nike to switch at the time since they were already producing apparel for the following season that still had James with No. 23. The change was delayed another season due to complications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.