During Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James passed NBA legend Michael Jordan on the all-time playoff scoring list. In a post-game interview, “The King” revealed how Jordan influenced and motivated him to become the player he’s right now.
“I wear the number because of Mike,” James said. “I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish. When you’re watching Michael Jordan it’s almost like a god. So I didn’t think I could be Mike.”
With 2:40 left in the third quarter, LeBron James knocked down a three-pointer to enable him to pass Jordan for most points in playoffs history with 5,995 points and counting. Before James grabbed his new achievement, Jordan’s record was unbeatable for 20 years. James finished the game with 35 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.
LeBron James doesn’t want to be labeled as a scorer
James also ranks seventh in playoff rebounds, third in playoff assists, and second in playoff steals. Despite being the new postseason scoring king, James doesn’t like to be classified as someone who just scores.
“I’m not a scorer,” James said. “I don’t want to be labeled as a scorer. I can put the ball in the hoop. I’m a playmaker. I’m a player. Put me on the court and I find ways to be successful. So, when you talk about scorers, we have a lot of great scorers in our league. All-time guys who shot a lot of shots and volume shooters and scored the ball at a high clip. I’m not one of those guys. I’m a guy who always got happy and excited seeing my team successful, seeing my individual teammates be successful and that’s how I felt in Game 4 with [Kyrie [Irving] doing what he did.”
James is currently doing great since he decided to return to Cleveland in 2014. He helped the Cavaliers end their four-year playoff drought and return to the NBA Finals. At 32, James shows no sign of slowing down and expected to break more records in the succeeding years.
LeBron James, Cavs face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals
The Cavaliers are now advancing to the NBA Finals after beating the Boston Celtics in Game 5 on Thursday night at TD Garden. This will be the third straight season the Cavaliers will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Last season, they succeeded to take revenge and give the Cavaliers their first NBA championship title.
However, with the arrival of Kevin Durant in Golden State, the Cavaliers will have a tough battle defending the throne this season. Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Warriors will be on June 1 at the Oracle Arena.
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