LeBron Talks Matching Michael Jordan & Basketball Mortality
Back in August, LeBron generated some buzz when he told Sports Illustrated he was “chasing” the ghost of Michael Jordan and then explained why he thinks Jordan gets too much credit for the Bulls’ championships on his Uninterrupted podcast.
On Monday, during an interview with the AP, LeBron once again brought up his childhood idol and said his personal goal is to match Michael Jordan.
“It’s a personal goal. 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.”
After the 2016 retirements of Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, the 31-year old (just 2 years younger than teammate Mo Williams, who announced his retirement on Monday) LeBron also talked about seeing the light at the end of the basketball tunnel.
“We’re next up in line,” he said. “We’ve given the game all we can give. We’re the next crew, so it definitely makes you reflect on everything and you don’t take anything for granted. I never do, but in my career I’ve always been like, ‘Man, this is an unbelievable moment I’ve been put in.’ I try to give as much as I can. But we on deck.”
When asked if he could play another 10 years, James laughed and replied, “”Yeah. that would give me a chance to play with my son or against my son.”
Here’s some bonus footage of James during Monday’s Media day.