After capturing for a NBA title in Cleveland, LeBron James is not over in terms aiming for the bigger prize. With his third NBA ring on his finger, James is not finish in dreaming for the better.
James altered the negative perception of millions about his status as one of the best players into having a chance to be the best ever when he led the Cavaliers in stunning upset of the Golden State Warriors in the recently concluded NBA Finals. While his record in the NBA finals was already marred be his 3-4 record, James numbers could show forth that he can climb another nudge in the coming years.
In an interview with Sports Illustraded, James said the his motivation is this ghost he’s chasing.
“My motivation is this ghost I’m chasing. The ghost played in Chicago”, James said.
“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.”
While James doesn’t have a perfect record in the playoffs in comparison to Jordan who won six titles in six finals appearances, James believed that he can still be considered as the best ever if his career is over.
In the regular season, James averaged 27.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game in the 13 years he played in Cleveland and Miami. In the postseason, James averaged 28.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists.
Meanwhile, Jordan averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 13 years in Chicago and two years in Washington. In the postseason, Jordan averaged 33.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.7 assists.
There’s not a doubt that James could become the best ever but only and only if he won three more rings.