LeBron James opens up about how Michael Jordan inspired him as a young basketball player
LeBron James is going to appear in his 15th consecutive All-Star Game this year, and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is once again expected to lead his team to victory.
LeBron is playing in his 16th season in the NBA, and despite the fact that he’s already 34 years old, the four-time MVP is still playing at an elite level this season. He has undoubtedly been the best player in the league for the past ten years, which is why he’s always being compared to arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time, Michael Jordan.
People from The Crossover asked LeBron what it feels like to always be compared to someone like Jordan. He responded by saying that it’s an honor, because MJ’s been his inspiration growing up.
Asked why he wears No. 23, LeBron said, “For the great Michael Jordan that’s here in Charlotte.” pic.twitter.com/LNJevhg5FU
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) February 16, 2019
Like most NBA players, LeBron also wanted to be ‘Like Mike’ when he was growing up. And although their playing styles are almost completely different, there is no doubt that James has become this generation’s best player, similar to what Jordan was back in the ’90s.
LeBron’s superb performance especially during the postseason have sparked debates in the past as to whether or not he’s better, or even equal to Jordan, and those discussions remain relevant up to this point.
However, LeBron’s current situation with the Lakers might be something that could hurt his legacy in the future. His team is currently in danger of missing the playoffs, and after the All-Star break, James will have to figure out a way to will the Lakers in the postseason.
Something that MJ has never failed to do during his prime.
In order for James to reach the playoffs this year, he has to bring out his inner-MJ.
Otherwise this will be the first time in 14 years that the league will see a postseason without LeBron James.