LeBron would like to connect to Michael Jordan
Published: Friday, November 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, November 1, 2013 18:11
He has been a four-time NBA MVP, honored as the Finals MVP twice, and has two Olympic gold medals. But if you ask LeBron James about his basketball wealth, he wouldn’t say he amassed it by himself.
The Miami Heat star cited Michael Jordan, who is a six-time NBA champion and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, as one of his role models.
"Without MJ, there's no me,” James said. “He gave me hope. He gave me inspiration as a kid."
Jordan said that he would be happy to sit down and share his knowledge with LeBron or any other players, but will not chase them down to do it.
Being the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, Jordan is in a difficult position as far as his interaction with athletes goes.
“I don't want it to be misconstrued or to be viewed as tampering with other stars,” Jordan explained.
LeBron believes that the reason his and MJ’s relationship isn’t stronger is because of the nature of their lives.
“Obviously, I’m busy,” he said. “MJ has a lot going on. I don’t know the reasons, but it’s never been sparked.’
Despite the fact that James is one of the most decorated players in the league, and arguably the best player in the basketball world, there is still something he believes he lacks—fearlessness.
"MJ wasn't perfect. MJ had bad games,” James said. “He had turnovers. He had games where he felt like he should've been better.”
“He was never afraid to fail.”
James struggles with himself as he tries to reach that place of fearlessness in his game, said Yahoo! Sports.
“I want to succeed so bad that I become afraid of failing,” he said.
However, failure hasn’t been an issue for LeBron or the Miami Heat as they’ve won the NBA Finals the past two seasons and may embark upon a ‘three-peat’ campaign in the 2013-2014 season.
“My goal is to be the best of all time, and that means maximizing everything I have,” the Heat star said.
With great influences like Michael Jordan in his realm, James could be one of the best players ever in years to come.
Improvement of the game is what Jordan is about, and he is open to anyone who seeks his insight—even to a powerhouse player that is in his team’s conference.
“I will do what I can to better the player for the game of basketball”, the Bobcats owner explained.