We always knew that LeBron James wanted to be like Michael Jordan. Look at the video up top from early on in his career and you can see the Jordan influence runs deep. From wearing the same jersey number for most of his career to signing with Nike to possibly starring in a Space Jam sequel, James has made no secret about his desire to be “Like Mike” even if he never said it out loud. What’s (slightly) different this time is that he wants to not only reach MJ’s level but go beyond it and go down in history as the game’s greatest player.
Cue the Jordan stans in 5, 4, 3, 2…
During an interview with the Associated Press, James said that it was his “personal goal to be able to be greater than great. I think that should be everybody’s personal goal.” He goes on to say that his desire to chase Jordan’s shadow shouldn’t be seen as unusual because he uses Jordan as the standard of where he wants to be and what he eventually wants to surpass. It’s not about imitation like people want to always make it about, but rather an individual setting a goal and reaching it and jumping over
the Jumpman it in time. Huh, sounds like something our boss said a while back.
With three championships, James still has a long way to go if he wants to reach the seven he would need to pass Jordan, but in terms of being basketball’s – especially now that Kobe’s gone – biggest name currently, he has the title hands down. Now the shoes might be a different matter. For all the great kicks James has, he might not have a pair that even comes close to the Space Jam 11s that he would have live up in a Space Jam 2.
Source: Michael Jordan