Magic would go along with plan to retire No. 23 - KMOV.com

Magic would go along with plan to retire No. 23

NEW YORK (AP) -- Magic Johnson would go along with LeBron James' plan to have NBA players stop wearing No. 23.

James said last week he would change jersey numbers next season in honor of Michael Jordan, and said no other players should wear it, either.

Critics of his plan said other players before Jordan deserved the honor at least as much, with some using Johnson and Larry Bird as examples. But Johnson said if there was a decision to retire No. 23, he and Bird would "be the first ones to say it should happen."

Speaking to a small group of reporters during a video conference, Johnson also praised Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for coming forward with news that he has leukemia, saying his former teammate would help in the fight against cancer.

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