In an interview with Sports Illustrated, LeBron James admitted he’s chasing the ghost of Michael Jordan and the legacy he built in Chicago.
Kobe Bryant wanted to be Michael Jordan. He based his entire career around it and Bryant is arguably this generation’s equivalent of Jordan in terms of competitiveness and playing mentality. LeBron James on the other hand wants to be better. According to James he is chasing, “The ghost who played in Chicago.”
James did an interview with Sports Illustrated and spoke about the greatest basketball player of all time, and wanting that title himself.
“What I’ve gone through is totally different than what (Jordan) went through,” James told Sports Illustrated. “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 a 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.”
Jordan has been notoriously tough on James throughout his career so it’s not surprising that LeBron would be seeking a hold on Jordan’s long-held title as the GOAT.
When asked to choose between LeBron and Kobe, Jordan was straight-forward in his response.
“If you had to pick between the two, that would be a tough choice, but five (championships that Bryant won) beats one every time I look at it,” Jordan said in 2013, before James won twice more. “And not that he [James] won’t get five, he may get more than that, but five is bigger than one.”