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LeBron James admits he cried after Michael Jordan’s first retirement

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The latest episodes of hit docu-series The Last Dance tackled what may arguably be the most shocking decision made by a player who was the best at his game. At the age of 30, then three-time NBA champion Michael Jordan announced his retirement, just months after achieving a rare three-peat with the Chicago Bulls.

Much like any 90s basketball fan, a nine-year-old LeBron James was devastated. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar confessed to it during the airing of Episodes 7 and 8 of the documentary on Sunday.

For what it’s worth, LeBron James has been open about his admiration for Michael Jordan. MJ was his motivation to make it to the NBA, and the Lakers star has long desired to be like Mike and achieve the same greatness His Airness enjoyed.

LeBron, however, was not the only current player who shared the same sentiment with the Jordan’s first retirement.

When Jordan said that exhaustion from all the scrutiny became a factor for his retirement, many were in disbelief. Fans across the nation were understandably shocked, even going so far as to formulate various conspiracy theories.

Those who were close to him, however, understood. In a previous The Last Dance episode, MJ’s former Chicago Bulls teammate John Paxson noted that seeing him win his third consecutive title felt like “relief rather than true joy.”

It was all good in the end, however. Barely two years had passed when the Chicago Bulls finally got back their superstar. Soon after, the legendary team found themselves with another three-peat.

After all, nobody can forget those two words that sent immediate shockwaves across the sports world, and gave back the NBA its most electrifying player: “I’m back.”