The Miami Heat will retire LeBron James’ No.6 jersey immediately after the latter’s retirement from the NBA.
This is what Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman reports, adding that the decision of the NBA to retire late Bill Russell’s No.6 jersey league-wide hasn’t changed their plans.
“Having already retired the No. 3 of Dwyane Wade and the No. 1 of Chris Bosh, the Heat have not issued the No. 6 of fellow Big Three partner LeBron James since he left the team during the 2014 offseason, following four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and two championships. James’ Heat jersey retirement is anticipated upon his NBA retirement,” Winderman writes.
LeBron James spent four years with Miami, leading the franchise to four straight NBA Finals appearances and winning the championship twice (2012, 2013). No Heat player has worn No.6 since LeBron James left the franchise in the 2014 offseason.
If Miami retires LeBron James’ jersey, they will then have two no. 6 jerseys hanging in their rafters, namely James’ jersey and Bill Russell’s.
The four-time NBA champion is currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers and is negotiating a two-year, $97.1M contract extension with the fanchise.