It has been a big off-season already for LeBron James having recently announced that the former Miami Heat star would be returning to his home town team the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James' return has sparked mass jubilation around the city of Cleveland and the state of Ohio and now he has reason to smile himself - I mean other than that two year $20 million a year deal he signed.
According to a poll put on ESPN.com, James has been voted as the most popular male athlete in America today overtaking Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
Jordan came second in the list and beat out men like New York Yankees Short-Stop Derek Jeter, Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning and even the LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
James' return has sparked more life into the city of Cleveland adding to what Johnny Manziel brought up after being drafted by the Cleveland Browns earlier this year.
LeBron has been making a lot of headlines as of late bringing up a lot of issues that have had fans talking.
The numbers game
LeBron is facing a very tricky issue ahead of his first season back with the Cavaliers since leaving for Miami all those years ago.
Earlier on Friday, LeBron added a picture to his Instagram account with two versions of him in a Cleveland shirt.
One version had him in a jersey with his fabled number six on the front - the number he made famous during his Heat days.
The other version had him in an alternate Cleveland jersey with the number 23 on the front - the number he had in his early Cavaliers days.
It led to ESPN asking the fans which number he should take, the poll currently has a 53%-47% favour towards the number 23.
While many people clearly favour his return to his roots, among the states in favour of him keeping the number six, is Florida where undoubtedly you'll know, Miami resides.
His home state of Ohio however is 66% in favour of LeBron returning to the number 23 while Illinois are 51% in favour of him remaining with the number six.
Why mention Illinois?
Well within the state of Illinois houses the city of Chicago where another famous number 23 once dominated the NBA and they will surely be hoping that Michael Jordan's legacy and number is his and his alone.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms