Report: LeBron James Set To Change Jersey Number From No. 23 To No. 6

Jun 9, 2021, 1:24 PM | Updated: Dec 7, 2022, 3:43 pm
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LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James plans to switch his jersey number from No. 23 to No. 6 for the 2021-22 NBA season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The NBA insider reported James’ jersey swap on Wednesday, June 9.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

“First look: LeBron James will change his Lakers jersey number to No. 6 next season after donning the number in his new movie ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy,'” Charania tweeted.

James is starring in the upcoming Space Jam movie sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy.

The film is set to be released in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16.

LeBron James in No. 6

James began his career wearing No. 23 for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After leaving for the Miami Heat in free agency, James wore No. 6 from 2010-14.

The NBA star returned to Cleveland in 2014 and wore No. 23 for the Cavs once again.

James left the Cavaliers and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018. He wore No. 23 during his first three seasons with L.A.

2021 isn’t the first time James has tried to change his Lakers jersey from No. 23 to No. 6.

James previously tried to switch to No. 6 and give No. 23 to Anthony Davis in 2020, but the number change never took place after reportedly hitting a snag with Nike.

However, Davis will reportedly keep his current No. 3 jersey moving forward.


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Report: LeBron James Set To Change Jersey Number From No. 23 To No. 6