LEBRON AIMS TO OUTSCORE NBA LEG­END JORDAN

James wants to be the great­est ever

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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.”

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