"I'm cool with it," Jordan told ESPN.com's Chris Broussard via text message. "I don't own a number."
James said in 2009 that he would no longer wear the number out of respect for Jordan. He also said he thought the NBA should retire the number league-wide.
"I feel like no NBA player should wear 23. Nobody," James said, according to the Associated Press. "If I'm not going to wear No. 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it."
"23 it is!" he wrote. "It's only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6."
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