After leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title, LeBron James made an interesting statement about Michael Jordan that stirred up controversy.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Lee Jenkins, LeBron said that he’s chasing Michael Jordan’s ghost. When asked to elaborated on that quote, he added that he’s always been chasing Jordan, even if he hasn’t talked about it publicly:
“It’s a personal goal,” James said. “I just never brought it up. It’s my own personal goal to be able to be greater than great. I think that should be everybody’s personal goal.”
“If you work for any company or you work for any designer or anywhere, you’re like, ‘Oh, I aspire to be that guy because he’s done it right.’ He’s the greatest and that’s who you look at,” he said. “So that’s always been my personal goal, to use the motivation he gave me as a kid and I’ll use it as motivation now as well that I want to get to where he is. That’s never changed. People kind of wanted to turn it into a conversation, but that’s my personal goal and that’s where I land at.”
While a bit egotistical, James’ personal goal is not unreachable. Even back when he was a high school student, people have been saying that he has the potential to be the greatest player ever. The NBA has never seen someone who combines his athleticism, strength, size and basketball IQ.
In 2013, James joined Jordan and became the second player to register four seasons with a PER over 30. James’ 2013 and 2014 seasons with the Miami Heat, reaching shooting percentages of 64 and 64.9 percent, were more efficient than any season in Jordan’s career.
While he has half of Jordan’s six championships, James’ ability to guard all five positions gives him a head start in the race to become the best player of all-time.
At the moment, King James states that he is focused on putting more titles on his resume.
“I’m just as hungry as I was before [last year’s championship],” he revealed, and if his extraordinary performance in the Cavs’ NBA Finals comeback was any indication, then the 31-year-old is not about to slow down.