LeBron Says Jordan Thinks He Can Beat Him 1-on-1, Right Now
There has been plenty of talk about where LeBron James ranks against among the great of all-time, and in a recent interview he says that to him, Michael Jordan is the greatet. Speaking of Mike he says Jordan probably thinks he'd beat LeBron one-on-one today.
LBJ has been open this summer about striving to be the greatest of all-time, but admitting he has a long ways to go to get there. In an interview with ESPN, James says he thinks he can get there if he continues to win, but admits at this point, Michael Jordan is the greatest of all-time.
LeBron says he still finds motivation from His Airness by watching classic tapes like "Come Fly With Me," and highlights on Youtube from the Bulls' legends career, such as Mike dropping 51 after his second retirement when he played for the Wizards.
Jordan was recently asked who among the game's all-time greats would he like to play one-on-one, and MJ listed James among that group and also said he'd beat anyone in that group. The four-time MVP says he is eager to talk basketball with Mike sometime, and half-jokes that Jordan probably thinks he could beat LeBron one-on-one right now, at the age of 50.
What do you have to do to become the greatest of all time?
I don't know. I don't know what it would take for the so-called experts to say that -- that's not what I'm trying to do. My goal is to be the best of all time, and that means maximizing everything I have. And I feel if I can maximize my game, then I can be ranked as if not the greatest, then one of the greatest. Obviously, I have to keep winning. But I'm a winner. I've always won. So that's not a question. And I feel I will continue to win as long as I can stay healthy and be a part of something special.
I mean, when you say you want to be the greatest of all time, Jordan is the one everyone thinks is the greatest. [...]
But I definitely look at MJ as the greatest. Without MJ, there's no me. He gave me hope. He gave me inspiration as a kid. I still watch MJ tapes to this day. I was watching Come Fly With Me and Jordan's Playground and His Airness on vacation earlier this summer. So I'm watching him all the time, trying to learn from him. I even watched a clip … It was funny. I watched a clip last night when he had 51 while playing for Washington, the game after he scored in single digits. He put up 51 on the Hornets. So ... [...]
Do you wish you had more of a relationship with Jordan?
[Leans back pensively and starts smiling, as if he's not sure he should answer the question]Ahhh, I mean, I don't know. That's a trick question. I do. I do at times. You know, he's somebody who I looked up to, and I've never had a conversation with him about the game. I would love to sit down with him and just know exactly what he was going through and know what was his mind frame throughout all his special years. Throughout his pains -- you know, not being able to get past Detroit, then overcoming Detroit. Or asking him, "Why did you retire? What made you come back? What made you come back again?" You know, everything that we all think we know. Just kind of having a sit-down conversation. [...]
I would like to know what he thinks about my game and ways I can get better. He probably thinks he can beat me one-on-one right now [laughing]. I know he probably thinks that. I know MJ definitely thinks he can beat me one-on-one right now.