If LeBron James wants his No. 23, C.J. Watson doesn’t mind
By Geoff Lepper
If LeBron James’ call for players to give up use of the No. 23 takes root, Warriors guard C.J. Watson — one of 13 men in the league this season wearing Michael Jordan’s old number — won’t mind all that much.
After all, he’s only wearing that uniform because Brandan Wright has the one he really covets: the No. 32 he wore at Tennessee.
“Unless me and BWright work something out, I don’t really mind,” Watson said of James’ plan, which is meant to recognize Jordan’s contributions to the game. “(I’m) not really mad about it, (I) agree he’s the best.”
Phoenix guard Jason Richardson, another one of the No. 23 wearers, said via Twitter that he’s up for the change.
“Im all 4 it he’s the greatest player to ever play,” Richardson said. “NBA should of retired 23 yrs ago.”
Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy gave voice today to the opposition, pointing out that Jordan did not make the same sacrifices as did Jackie Robinson, whose No. 42 has been retired by Major League Baseball.
“There actually were guys before Michael who could play the game,” Van Gundy said. “Then you should retire numbers that (Bill) Russell, Wilt (Chamberlain), and certainly Oscar (Robertson) wore. I understand LeBron didn’t grow up watching those guys, but still.”
Watson, however, thinks James’ star power will win out. “I’m sure it will go into effect since LBJ spoke up.”
6 Responses to “If LeBron James wants his No. 23, C.J. Watson doesn’t mind”
I’m a Chicago Native by birth, Dunning Neighborhood. I don’t want to see 23 retired. I was embarrassed, but not surprised, by his “catty” Hall of Fame acceptance speech.
Retiring Jordan’s number is about recognizing he was the most recognizable human on earth for the period he dominated basketball.
He also established stardom that James is now basking in. So for James, it’s probably the right thing to ask for but Jordan didn’t break any barriers for race, he borke them for basketball star status.
What’s up with Andris?
He’s listed onthe NBA site as: NWT - Osteitis Pubis
So that’s looking like latinto me and I use “the google” and find it’s this
Osteitis Pubis: The condition can render sufferers incapable of sustained physical activity. There is no specific treatment for the condition and it can seriously affect the careers of footballers affected by it.
Geoff Lepper November 14th, 2009 at 12:00 am
Regarding Andris, it was described by MTII as “inflammation of the muscles that attach his right groin and abdominal muscles,” and he’ll be re-evaluated on Nov. 23.
Of all the numbers for Bron Bron to pick, why pick #6? I never saw Russell play but he was a true trailblazer and I think it could be argued that Dr. J was more of a pioneer than MJ was…
Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any tips?
thats shitty that the digital world is being forced upon the universe in a “cant do shit about it” fashion.
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