LeBron Discusses Wanting To Be Like Mike in Heartfelt Post-Game Interview After Passing MJ In Playoff Points
LeBron James came into this season saying, “My motivation is the ghost I’m chasing. The ghost played in Chicago.”
On Thursday, LeBron passed the ghost in all-time points in the playoffs and discussed his childhood love and desire to be like that ghost during a heartfelt post-game interview.
“I wear the number because of Mike.” Said LeBron, who dominated the Celtics in Game 5 with 35 points on 13 of 18 shooting, 8 boards and 8 assists in a 33-point victory.. “I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish. When you’re watching Michael Jordan it’s almost like a god. So I didn’t think I could be Mike.
“I did pretty much everything that MJ did when I was a kid. I shot fadeaways before I should have. I wore a leg sleeve on my leg and folded it down so you saw the red part. I wore black and red shoes with white socks. I wore short shorts so you could see my undershorts underneath. I didn’t go bald like Mike, but I’m getting there. But it will be post-career, though. That’s the only thing I didn’t do. But other than that, I did everything Mike did. I even wore a wristband on my forearm. I didn’t do the hoop earring, either. That was Mike. But I did everything Mike did, man. I wanted to be Mike.”
And the best thing about LeBron’s journey to be Mike is he did it in his own unselfish way.
“I did it being me,” James said of his new record. “I don’t have to score the ball to make an impact in a basketball game. That was my mindset when I started playing the game. If I’m not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game. It’s carried me all the way to this point now and it’s going to carry me for the rest of my career. Scoring is not number one on my agenda.”