LeBron on Jordan, fear of failure, 35-point games and more – ESPN The Magazine


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Almost like what he did to Jason Terry


Definitely read the excerpts from this great Chris Broussard interview with LeBron James (from Oct 28 edition of The Mag) as they discuss Jordan, failure, leading the league in scoring, team as family, and becoming the greatest of all time.

Do you wish you had more of a relationship with Jordan?
[Leans back pensively and starts smiling, as if he’s not sure he should answer the question]Ahhh, I mean, I don’t know. That’s a trick question. I do. I do at times. You know, he’s somebody who I looked up to, and I’ve never had a conversation with him about the game. I would love to sit down with him and just know exactly what he was going through and know what was his mind frame throughout all his special years. Throughout his pains — you know, not being able to get past Detroit, then overcoming Detroit. Or asking him, “Why did you retire? What made you come back? What made you come back again?” You know, everything that we all think we know. Just kind of having a sit-down conversation.

[LeBron is seemingly done, winding down his thought. But then he pipes up, realizing there’s more he wants to say. He gets louder, more animated.] And then also to hear him talk about me. I would like to know what he thinks about my game and ways I can get better. He probably thinks he can beat me one-on-one right now [laughing]. I know he probably thinks that. I know MJ definitely thinks he can beat me one-on-one right now.

It’s fun to get into the head of the King.

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