Michael Jordan on LeBron wearing No. 23: 'I'm cool with it'

Michael Jordan on LeBron wearing No. 23: 'I'm cool with it'
July 28, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Charlie Roumeliotis

During the first go-around with the Cleveland Cavalier, LeBron James donned No. 23 in honor of his idol, Michael Jordan.

But when he signed with the Miami Heat, James switched his jersey to No. 6 because "what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon."

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James, in November of 2009, added, "He can't get the logo, and if he can't, something has to be done. I feel like no NBA player should wear 23. I'm starting a petition, and I've got to get everyone in the NBA to sign it. Now, if I'm not going to wear No. 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it.''

On Sunday, James announced on his Instagram account that "It's only right I go back" to No. 23. And Jordan says he doesn't have a problem with it.

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"I'm cool with it," Jordan told ESPN.com on Monday. "I don't own a number."

James began wearing No. 23 in his sophomore year of high school until his final year in Cleveland in 2010.