Chasing Whose Ghost?
LeBron James has already officially cemented his spot on the list of top five greatest players of all-time. The real debate now is whether he is THE greatest of all-time. Tonight, he made the case for his kingship that much more convincing.
In the Friday night 107-102 victory against an Anthony Davis-led Pelicans squad, James passed Michael Jordan for consecutive games with at least 10 points, doing so for the 867th straight time. It only took seven minutes for James to reach the mark en route to his game-high 27 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists.
"I think for me, any time I'm in the same breath as the greats of this game, it's very humbling for me," said James during a post-game interview.
It's no surprise to see these seemingly easy stats for the king. This season, at the humble age of 33, Bron Bron is averaging 27.6ppg, 9.1apg and 8.6rpg while shooting just under a 55-percent clip. If those numbers don't make you question if he's human or not, he also won his third All-Star Game MVP and is worthy of winning his fifth regular-season MVP.
LeBron continues to build his legacy while steadily moving past the legends of the record books, the question remains, is LeBron James destined to surpass his "Airness" as the ultimate GOAT?
After winning the 2016 NBA Championship, LeBron admitted that he's motivated to become the greatest ever to play the game. "My motivation is this ghost I'm chasing," James said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. "The ghost played in Chicago."
Many of the LeBron haters love to say he'll never catch Jordan because James only has three rings and he chokes in big moments...blah blah blah, I've heard it all. But no one can deny that LeBron seems to inch closer and closer.
If LeBron keeps going at his current pace (and there’s no reason to believe he won’t), then by this time next year he will have already passed Jordan's record 32,292 career points. He already leads him in assists, rebounds, minutes, finals appearances and a few other stats. Obviously the purpose of this post is celebrating the NBA's best player's monumental success and not to debate on who's better (although we will come back to that later.)
As the season winds down and the playoffs are soon to commence, it only makes sense to ask yourself: is LeBron chasing Jordan's ghost, or is his own shadow the only one worth paying attention to?