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LeBron James says he's switching his jersey number to honor Michael Jordan

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lebron-james-jersey-number.JPGCleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has filed formal paperwork to change his uniform number from 23 to 6, according to a report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

James, who floated this idea in November, said the move is out of respect for Michael Jordan. He confirmed to the newspaper Monday his mind was made up.

"I've done it," James said. "I already sent it in. I'm going to be No. 6."

The highlight enthusiast wore No. 6 during the 2008 Olympics.

While one can appreciate James' desire to honor Jordan, it should be pointed out that some pretty darn good players have wore the 6 (Bill Russell, Julius Erving).

Still, there should be no shortage of fans willing to shell out their hard-earned money for the new jersey when it becomes available.

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If anyone deserves a retired jersey, it is Russell.

It's a nice gesture to want to retire Jordan's jersey number, but isn't the biggest compliment having someone wear your jersey number?

you guys don't get it, he's honoring michael jordan saying that noone thus far is worthy enough to wear the number of the greatest.

Does this mean he is going to Chicago (where MJ played) or Miami (where Jordan's number is also retired)?

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