On June 15, the Lakers officially announced that their star LeBron James will switch to wearing the number 6 jersey for the new season. Their official social media posted a composite image of James wearing the No. 6 Lakers jersey with the caption: “It’s official: No. 6”. James himself also retweeted the message shortly afterwards, with the caption “No. 6 + crown”.
In fact, as early as five days ago, that is, on June 10, Beijing time. At that time, there were media reporters to report that James will change his number in the new season: according to The Athletic celebrity Charania and Tim Cato jointly reported that Lakers star LeBron James will change to wear the number 6 jersey in the next season.
It’s worth mentioning that at the time, American Journal thought this change would be made next month after the release of James’ solo movie “Air Dunk: The New Legend” (the old James is wearing the number 6 jersey in this movie), but nowadays, there is no doubt that this is ahead of schedule.
In James’ 17-year career, he has only worn two numbers, No. 23 and No. 6. In the “Knight 1.0 period”, “Knight 2.0 period” and now the Lakers period are wearing the 23 jersey, “6 jersey” only in his four seasons playing for the Heat The “No. 6” jersey has only appeared in his four seasons with the Heat. Now he plans to put on the Lakers’ No. 6 jersey next season as well.
And although his in-game stats are similar between the two periods, there is no doubt that his “No. 6 period” was a little better.
No. 6: 26.9 points + 7.6 rebounds + 6.7 assists + 1.7 steals per game, shooting 54% from the field, 37% from 3-point range, 76% from the free throw line, 62.2% true shooting.
No. 23:27 points + 7.4 rebounds + 7.6 assists + 1.5 steals per game, shooting 49% from the field, 34% from 3-point range, 73% from the free throw line and 57.7% true shooting.
One of the four seasons in which the old James wore number 6 led the Heat to two NBA championships. So his decision to continue wearing number 6 next season is generally seen as a sign of his ambition to continue winning a championship for the Lakers. But there are some fans who are not optimistic about this, because wearing the number 6 in those four years is the peak of the old James, now no matter how can not go back to the old days.
And the U.S. media StatMuse has said that James will be expected to become the first star in history to retire four jerseys: Knight 23, Heat 6, Lakers 23 and Lakers 6.
But there are also fans who think that retiring the jersey in the Lakers is not a very simple thing. They feel that if the Lakers owner is good enough, then the most to James retired a “23” jersey. And want to retire the “No. 6” jersey this thing is obviously impossible, unless the old James can in his retirement years and then to the Lakers Staples Center arena to add a few championship banners.
As last season’s champion, the Lakers suffered a “round robin” this year, in addition to their team’s small and large injuries, their biggest problem is a series of off-season “brainless” trading operations. The strengths and weaknesses of the lineup are quite obvious, so the Lakers will definitely upgrade their lineup in the offseason.
The Lakers general manager Pelinka also said publicly a while ago that the off-season reinforcements will be completed under the joint participation of the Brow and James, which means they will still be a strong championship team next season!