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What The NBA's Decision Means For LeBron's Number

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 1: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 1, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 1: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 1, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

On Thursday afternoon, the NBA announced it has retired the No. 6 to honor Bill Russell, who passed away late last month at the age of 88.

"Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a press release. “Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized."

Shortly after the news was announced, fans were wondering what that meant for the players - like LeBron James - who wear the No. 6 jersey. According to a new report, they've been "grandfathered" in and will be allowed to wear the jersey.

"Players who currently wear No. 6 – such as Lakers‘ LeBron James – will be grandfathered," NBA insider Shams Charania said.

LeBron has switched between the No. 23 jersey and the No. 6 jersey throughout his career. He recently switched back to No. 6, which he wore with the Miami Heat.

We'll have to wait and see if he sticks with No. 6 or makes a change.