LeBron James has become a cynosure figure since he joined the NBA for his athleticism and physicality, yet his image continues to grow still even after more than a decade. Like his popularity, he believes his skills are still climbing too.
The Cavaliers superstar feels that he’s still climbing up the hill, improving as a player; that he isn’t yet at a decline after the length of experiences he’s had in the league.
He clearly has his eyes set on chasing Michael Jordan’s legacy too, and at 31 years of age, he might just get to that level.
According to a report by CBS Sports James said, “I know I’m on the other side of the hill, being I’m about to be 14 [years in],” LeBron said. “But my hill, I’m not going down the hill right now. I’m still climbing.”
He also clarified his statement about chasing ghosts. He didn’t mean just chasing Michael Jordan and his 6 NBA championship rings, per se, but that he’s chasing that greatness as a standard, an inspiration for him to achieve as a personal goal.
LeBron James has certainly put himself in the conversation of being among the greatest NBA players of all-time, and for that he is happy, but may not be contented yet if he doesn’t wind up as the best.
But one thing for sure is that he’s done a great deal in giving 1,100 students college scholarships through the LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF).
So what’s next for LeBron James? We can sure skip the part of Dwight Howard saying he’d beat him in wrestling in WWE. NBA rumors circulate that he might have hinted wanting to join the Spurs, praising the team, Greg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard.
According to USA Today LeBron said, “It would be pretty amazing to be able to actually play for the greatest NBA coach of all time,” referring to Popovich.
“I can’t be there on a day-to-day basis. I wish I could. I believe he’s one of the great basketball minds that we’ve ever had in this game, and I wish I could be around him every day to kind of just pick his brain and see what he does, what he thinks.”
“I believe I think the game, I’m not going to say in a similar fashion because he has more experience than me, but I think I have a high basketball IQ, too.”
He may opt-out of his 3-yr contract and become a free agent in 2018, and Greg Popovich has a lot of good things to say about him too, for being incisive and not just athletic, putting his understanding of the game along greats, such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and the Spurs’ Tim Duncan.
Would James opt to be a Spur one day and forgo his desire to reunite with Dwyane Wade or play with Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony? Or, as they could all be free agents by 2018 would they all join together to make the San Antonio Spurs the super-team of the future?
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