Lakers star LeBron James reflects on Michael Jordan’s greatness while in Chicago
Just days after passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list, LeBron James found himself playing on Jordan’s hallowed ground in Chicago against the Bulls on Tuesday night.
The Lakers were in the midst of a five-game skid that effectively ended their playoff chances, but James was not going to take the night off and instead put on a show in front of the home crowd in the United Center.
LeBron scored 36 points and added 10 rebounds and four assists as the Lakers beat the Bulls 123-107 to end their losing streak.
After the game, James pondered what it meant to play in Jordan’s former home at the United Center, per Michael Lee of The Athletic):
“I definitely recognize the greatness that Mike had in this city,” James shared. “Pretty much every time I played here, I could look up in the rafters, look at his jersey retired…I think you always have that feeling.”
On an episode of ESPN’s “More Than An Athlete” aired in December, LeBron James said that his championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 made him the greatest basketball player of all time.
Passing Jordan on the scoring list has only added fire to a debate that seems to resurface every single year.