UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
NBA

Michael Jordan 'cool' with LeBron James wearing No. 23

Michael Jordan 'cool' with LeBron James wearing No. 23 Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Michael Jordan says that he has no problem with LeBron James choosing to wear No. 23 again for the Cavaliers

"I'm cool with it," Jordan told ESPN.com's Chris Broussard via text message. "I don't own a number."

More: Cleveland paper is looking for a reporter to cover "LeBron James Beat"​

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."

More: NBA to reportedly make Spurs at Cavaliers the season opener​

Two weeks ago, James asked his Instagram followers which number he should wear, and announced his decision to switch back to No. 23 in another Instagram post Sunday. 

"23 it is!" he wrote. "It's only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6."

GALLERY: SI'S 100 BEST PHOTOS OF MICHAEL JORDAN

- Dan Gartland

More NBA

SI.com

Drag this icon to your bookmark bar.
Then delete your old SI.com bookmark.

SI.com

Click the share icon to bookmark us.