NBA: Will LeBron James beat Michael Jordan, become the greatest basketball ever?

NBA: Will LeBron James beat Michael Jordan, become the greatest basketball ever?

Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time but LeBron James is slowly knocking on his door. In a recent interview, James admitted that he is chasing the “ghost” of MJ and his new motivation is to be named the greatest basketball player ever.

“My motivation is this ghost I’m chasing. The ghost played in Chicago,” James told Sports Illustrated.

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“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,” he added.

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LeBron James is fresh off fulfilling the promise he made to Cleveland, winning the city’s first sports championship in 52 years. He led the Cavaliers to a historic comeback in the 2016 NBA Finals when they overcame a 3-1 series lead and beat the 73-win Golden State Warriors.

After winning his third NBA championship, many fans started debating whether King James has overtaken His Airness for the title of being the greatest basketball player that ever lived. Of course, old-school NBA fans will point out that Michael Jordan’s six NBA rings thumps LBJ’s three.

The NBA has never seen a player like LeBron James, who can play all five positions and is built like a power forward but can outrun any player in the league. Even with all of his accomplishments, LeBron is still behind MJ as the greatest ever.

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But King James is getting very close. He is only 31 years old, he is still in his prime and he can win more titles with the Cavaliers core locked up for the next several years. More importantly, if he can defeat the new Warriors “superteam” with Kevin Durant, even his haters will likely admit that LeBron James is at least tied with Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time.

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