LeBron James delivered on his promise to Cleveland in June, defeating the Warriors and bringing a championship back to a town that has been starved for 52 years. So what drives the 3-time champion to keep going?
At the Nike Skills Academy in L.A. where LeBron offers his time and basketball knowledge to some of the top high-school basketball players, he fielded a few questions. One prospect in the second row asked, what keeps LeBron motivated.
“My motivation,” James says, “is this ghost I’m chasing. The ghost played in Chicago.”
The Akron native continued, adding “My career is totally different than Michael Jordan’s,” he says. “What I’ve gone through is totally different than what he went through. What he did was unbelievable, and I watched it unfold. I looked up to him so much. I think it’s cool to put myself in position to be one of those great players, but if I can ever put myself in position to be the greatest player, that would be something extraordinary.”
A few years ago, people wouldn’t have entertained the comparison, now with 3 titles at the age of 31 in a weak Eastern Conference, the chance is there for LeBron to supplant Jordan, who he has been compared to since being drafted in 2003 out of high school, as the greatest of all-time.
Even after delivering on his promise, James still finds motivation to keep pushing further.