Being a superstar on the professional level of any sport means you’ll forever be compared to other greats who have played the same game as you. Unfortunately, it appears LeBron James hears the Michael Jordan comparison a bit too much.
The Cavs were facing a 0-2 deficit after yesterday’s [Wednesday, June 8] home win against the Warriors. Prior to the game media spoke with Phil Jackson (a former coach of Jordan’s) and he said he believed the Cavs could turn things around but in order to do so, LeBron should play like MJ did in the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals going into Game 3 versus the Knicks. The Bulls faced a 0-2 deficit and overcame with historic numbers from MJ as the Bulls went on to win four straight games against the Knicks and onto the NBA Finals, to later become the NBA Champs.
“It did something to Michael Jordan,” Jackson said. “You learned something about pulling the cape of Superman. It’s not a good idea. He was a man possessed after that.”
While it’s understood where Phil was going with encouraging words of momentum, it might not have been the best idea to compare the King to the GOAT. LeBron was asked to respond to what Phil Jackson said, and he nicely told reporters that he’s not MJ nor Muhammad Ali.
“I think for me to go out and be who I am and play as true to the game and as hard as I can and try to lead this team, that’s who I am,” he said. “Not anybody else. I’m not Michael. I’m not Ali. I’m not nobody else that’s done so many great things for sport. I am who I am, and if I’m able to go out and put together a game like that, it wasn’t because I was possessed. It’s because I worked on my craft all season long and that’s the result of it. Phil’s a great coach. Mike’s a great player. But I am who I am.”
The NBA Finals are just heating up as the Cavs are now only down by one game against the NBA champs. We shall see if the Cavs can tie the series up tomorrow night [Friday, June 10] on ABC.