LeBron James to change number for 2023-24 season

According to a report, LeBron James will not be wearing No. 6 for the 2023-24 season.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will be changing his number for the 2023-24 season. According to a report from Dave McMenamin, James will change his uniform from No. 6 to No. 23 next season.

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LeBron James to change number for 2023-24 season

“It's LeBron's decision,” Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group told ESPN. “He chose to out of respect for Bill Russell.” As noted by McMenamin, the No. 6 was retired league-wide last season following the passing of Russell. James wore the No. 6 for one final season to honor the Hall of Famer.

Bottom Line: Back to the start

When LeBron first entered the league with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he wore the No. 23. He wore that number from 2004-2010 before switching to No. 6 with the Heat, which he wore from 2011-2014. Here is his jersey number history.

  • No. 23 (2004-2010) Cavaliers
  • No. 6 (2011-2014) Heat
  • No. 23 (2015-2018) Cavaliers
  • No. 23 (2019-2021) Lakers
  • No. 6 (2022-2023) Lakers