LEBRON AIMS TO OUTSCORE NBA LEGEND JORDAN
James wants to be the greatest ever
Now that LeBron James has won a championship for the ages, he’s set a loftier goal – catching Michael Jordan.
Long flattered to be mentioned in the same company with Jordan and other NBA greats, James has been hesitant to publicly acknowledge that he wants to be remembered as the greatest in league history. Now that has changed.
“It’s a personal goal,” said James. “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 goal.”
James became a three-time champion when he helped end Cleveland’s 52-year title drought with a historic comeback from a 3-1 deficit to Golden State in last season’s finals.
Now he has a new goal. Like every young basketball player in America, he wanted to be like Mike. Now he hopes to eclipse Jordan, the player he has revered since he was a kid.
In fact James feels everyone should aim higher and try to outreach what their heros achieved.
“It’s 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,” he said.
“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.”
In order to get close to Jordan’s record of six championships, James must help Cleveland repeat their success of last season. The 31-year-old has done it before, with Miami, but it is new to most at the Cavaliers.
“I’m just as hungry as I was before,” he added. “It’s like I haven’t won. The natural, human nature would be to relax.
“But you work so hard and then you see what the result is. Why not have that feeling again?”
James has readied his body for the eight-month grind ahead, and there appear no signs of him slowing down soon. “I feel good,” he said. Good enough for 10 more years? “Yeah,” he said, laughing. “That would give me a chance to play with my son or against my son.”