Report: LeBron James Set To Change Jersey Number From No. 23 To No. 6
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.
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.” pic.twitter.com/VZksn1qVCy
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 9, 2021
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.
.@KingJames says he's still gonna give his No. 23 jersey to AD after this season.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 5, 2020
However, Davis will reportedly keep his current No. 3 jersey moving forward.