*The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that LeBron James has filed paperwork with the NBA to change his uniform number. James told the newspaper that he will switch from No. 23 to No. 6, the number he wore with the U.S. Olympic team. He said late last year that he was considering the change out of respect to Michael Jordan, who wore No. 23. Paperwork had to be filed this week to request a number change for next season.
*Shaquille O’Neal, center for the Cleveland Cavaliers, had surgery on his injured right thumb Monday and most likely will miss the rest of the regular season. In all, about eight weeks, the team said. O’Neal, 38, was examined Sunday by specialist Dr. Thomas Graham at the National Hand Center in Baltimore, who operated Monday morning.
*WalMart has come under fire for including hip-hop-related films in promotional displays celebrating Black History Month. The retail giant chose to feature DVD titles like Ice Cube’s “The Player’s Club” and “Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel,” but rejected “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Patriots,” a four-hour mini-series documentary by Frank Martin which examines the sacrifice and heroism of black service men and women throughout American history.
*According to reports, producer The-Dream and his wife singer/actress Christina Milian gave birth to their daughter over the weekend. The couple married last September and this is their first child together. The-Dream has three children with his ex-wife, singer Nivea.