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Vince Koza



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Six or 23?


That was the big question for Cleveland pro sports fans the past week.


Which numbered uniform was LeBron James going to wear in his return to Cleveland.


Who cares!


As long as LeBron is back, does it really matter which number he wears as a member of the Cavaliers?


He wore 23 the first time he was with the Cavs.


He switched to 6 for the Olympics and then kept that number for his tenure in Miami with the Heat.


But when he left Miami to return to his home area, LeBron let his fans decide via instagram.


The fans’ preference was 23.


I was asked several times which number I preferred, and I answered 23 each time.


I guess because of knowing he wore 23 when he was a Cavalier, and not liking 6 because that was his number when he left would be my reasoning.


But do you think Cavs fans really would have complained if LeBron had stuck with 6?


No way.


The reason he first switched to that number was in hopes of the NBA as a league retiring 23 in honor of the former Bulls great Michael Jordan.


Didn’t happen.


And give Jordan credit.


This week he said he was “cool” with LeBron going back to 23.


I am “cool” that LeBron is back in Cleveland, no matter his jersey number.


And I can’t wait who ends up playing alongside him when the season gets here this fall.


Yes, I believe Kevin Love will be coming to Cleveland, too.


What numbered jersey does he wear?


OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:


• Interesting to hear the stories out this week about the Browns’ troubled receiver Josh Gordon. His appeal hearing with the NFL is scheduled for Friday on a potential one year suspension, and Gordon has hired a high powered attorney. They also released the reported lab results of his failed drug test and said it could be because of second-hand smoke. And another report said that Gordon had passed more than 70 other drug tests. Look, I am a big Browns fan, but what the young man has to learn is to not put himself in situations where there is any doubt. He knew the rules ahead of time. I believe he is going to miss some time. The hope is that he will not put himself into jeopardy again. We shall see!


• Has there been a team that has gone through more tough luck than the Reds this season? Seems like they have had key players on the disabled list from the beginning of the season until now, and this week they lose slugger Jay Bruce to the bereavement list. Ugh! It is incredible to me that rookie manager Bryan Price has been able to keep his team competitive, with all of the significant injuries. Kudos!


• Congrats to Marion Local football coach Tim Goodwin. Recently he was presented with the 2013 Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award by the Cincinnati Bengals. The award, given annually since 2002, honors coaches in the region and comes with a $5,000 donation from the Bengals to the winning school’s athletic department. Winning is a good way to describe Tim Goodwin.


He has a record of 169 and 40 at Marion Local with an incredible seven state football championships, including three in a row.


You can comment to Koza: koza@cmgroup.co.


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