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The Cleveland Cavaliers are down 0-2 to the Golden State Warriors.  They need to win 4 of the remaining 5 games in order to win the NBA Finals.  That’s a tall order against a team that finished at 73-9, the best record in NBA history.  So how will the Cavs achieve such a difficult task?  Knicks president and former championship coach Phil Jackson answered that question during an American Express event on Monday night.

According to Jackson, it is possible for the Cavaliers to overcome the 0-2 hole.  In order to do so, he thinks they’re going to need LeBron James to perform like Michael Jordan did back in 1993 when the Chicago Bulls faced an 0-2 deficit heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks.

“It did something to Michael Jordan,” Jackson said. “You learned something about pulling the cape of Superman. It’s not a good idea. He was a man possessed after that.”

Jordan and the Bulls went on to win four straight against the Knicks and later won the NBA championship over the Phoenix Suns.  LeBron, who has been compared to Jordan his whole career, was not fond of this comparison.  On Tuesday he was asked to respond to Jackson’s comments.

“I mean, what does that actually mean?” James said to reporters.

“I think for me to go out and be who I am and play as true to the game and as hard as I can and try to lead this team, that’s who I am,” he said. “Not anybody else. I’m not Michael. I’m not Ali. I’m not nobody else that’s done so many great things for sport. I am who I am, and if I’m able to go out and put together a game like that, it wasn’t because I was possessed. It’s because I worked on my craft all season long and that’s the result of it.”

LeBron added: “Phil’s a great coach. Mike’s a great player. But I am who I am.”

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source: Complex