Lebron James says ‘ghost’ of Michael Jordan is his motivation

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CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lebron James says he is chasing the ghost of Michael Jordan, which is bizarre, because Michael is still very much alive.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, James said, “My motivation is the ghost I’m chasing. The ghost played in Chicago.”

James says their careers are totally different, but if he can put himself in position to be the greatest player, that would be extraordinary.

B.J. Armstrong, who played with Jordan for six seasons, cautioned James in an interview with ESPN:

“This is to LeBron James: If you want to be the best, get rid of the comparisons. Get rid of all the comparisons that are out there. That’s what Michael Jordan did. Jordan realized that in order to be the best you had to get rid of all the comparisons. When you compared Jordan to somebody else, it made him more and more upset. That was with guys who played before him, guys he was playing against, and guys in the future.

“So my challenge to LeBron is: This ghost has a face to him. So get rid of all the comparisons because Jordan, unequivocally, did not want you to compare him to anyone.”

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