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Few weeks ago, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was asked by one of his campers what motivates him now that he’s brought the Larry O’Brien trophy to Cleveland for the 1st time ever, and the 4-time MVP brought up Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
“My motivation,” James says, “is this ghost I’m chasing. The ghost played in Chicago,” according to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins.
“My career is totally different than Michael Jordan’s. What I’ve gone through is totally different than what he went through. What he did was unbelievable, and I watched it unfold. I looked up to him so much. I think it’s cool to put myself in position to be one of those great players, but if I can ever put myself in position to be the greatest player, that would be something extraordinary.”
The immediate reaction on social media was that he meant he was chasing Michael Jordan’s six rings. Nope. LeBron clarified his comments in a recent interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
“No, I’m chasing that greatness, how great that ghost was.”
“It’s the same as anybody setting out goals and trying to reach it. That’s just my personal goal. Everyone automatically (said) ‘Oh, he’s talking down on MJ. He’s trying to be better than MJ.’”
“That’s always been my goal since I got in the NBA,” he explained. “When I was 18 years old, I told everyone that my favorite player was Michael Jordan, hopefully I can get to that point.”
“I want to maximize what I can do, and if I can be in a situation where I’m even talked about as the best basketball ever, that’ll be great,” he added.