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LeBron James returning to number 23 for Cavaliers will save fans money

James will return to the number worn during his first spell in Cleveland
James will return to the number worn during his first spell in Cleveland.

LeBron James, on returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, has decided to return to the number 23 jersey number worn during his initial six year spell with the NBA franchise.

James had, earlier this month, put the question to fans as to what number he should wear next season after struggling to decide for himself between the no.23 and the no.6 made famous during his time with the Miami Heat.

And he returned to the social media site to reveal his final choice Monday:

"23 it is! It's only right I go back. 2x3=6 We still family 6. #HomeTeam #StriveForGreatness," wrote LeBron.

Returning to what he knows

LeBron James wore the number 23 shirt on arriving in the NBA in 2003 and only gave it up when he moved to the Heat in 2010 citing the league's proposed plan to retire Michael Jordan's no.23 jersey as part of the reason.

Obviously that never came about and now, with a return 'home' to Cleveland confirmed, LeBron is clearly planning on going the whole hog when he makes his long-awaited comeback at the Quickens Loans Arena.

What's more it means Cavaliers fans can wear their old LeBron '23' jerseys with pride without having to folk out on a new one - that is if they didn't burn it in frustration in 2010.

Big Seller

Going on the info coming out of the NBA's official store, and LeBron James' official sponsors Adidas, however there are still plenty of fans clamouring for a Cavs shirt all of a sudden.

Spokeswoman for Adidas, Madeline Breskin, has already revealed that the company have been prepared for the onslaught of fans seeking to get their hands on one. And the company itself noted that they have already sold out of one run of all home, away, and alternate replicas of Cavaliers jerseys.

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Cavs turnaround 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are certainly enjoying a productive summer. Having had a disappointing 2013-14 campaign, they first recruited Andrew Wiggins with the number one overall pick of the 2014 Draft before snagging four-time MVP LeBron James in a truly stunning move.

The franchise are also chasing fellow All-Star Kevin Love before the season begins.

As for the Miami Heat. The South Florida team have managed to keep hold of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh despite James' exit, and may yet be able to convince veteran Ray Allen to stick around despite his rumored interest in teaming up with LeBron in Cleveland for one final season.

 

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Cleveland Cavaliers
Miami Heat
NBA
LeBron James

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