NBA to retire MJ’s #23

November 16, 2009 at 1:35 am | Posted in #Nba | Leave a comment
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Upon viewing all google alerts on my mail regarding NBA I saw this article regarding James’ petition for retiring Michael Jordan’s #23 jersey.

If LeBron James gets his way, no NBA player would ever wear Michael Jordan’s No. 23 again.

James, the Cleveland Cavaliers star, recently announced that he was going to change his jersey number from 23 to 6 to honor Jordan.

“I just think what Michael Jordan has done for the game has to be recognized some way soon,” James said. “There would be no LeBron James, no Kobe Bryant, no Dwyane Wade if there wasn’t Michael Jordan first.”

But LeBron didn’t stop there.

“I feel like no NBA player should wear 23,” he said. “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.”

Jordan has done a lot for the NBA, and he did pave the way as a role model for many of today’s young stars. But the decision to retire his number should be left to each of the NBA’s 30 teams. The Miami Heat, for example, retired Jordan’s number in 2003. The Chicago Bulls have also retired his number. They are the only NBA teams that have retired Jordan’s number.

The NBA doesn’t have any former player’s number retired on a league-wide basis, and it shouldn’t make an exception for Jordan. There are many former NBA stars who would be more deserving. Former Boston Celtics great Bill Russell, for example, has more championship rings (11) than any player in history. Wouldn’t his No. 6 be more worthy of retirement? And Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said that retiring Jordan’s number might be “a little step on the toes for a guy like Magic (Johnson) or (Larry) Bird.”

A “little” step on the toes? Heck, it would be more like dropping a piano on their toes. And remember this, Jordan briefly changed jerseys during his career, to No. 45. Should the NBA also retire 45?

Admittedly, Jordan is James’ idol, so it’s understandable that he would be campaigning to have No. 23 number retired.

“(Jordan) did so much, it has to be recognized, and not just by putting him in the Hall of Fame.”

But a much better case could be made for a lot of former players.

Indeed MJ’s jersey must be retired, and I also think that other great nba players’ jsersey must also be retired on all nba teams



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