LeBron James has always been compared to Michael Jordan, but when he told Sports Illustrated “my motivation is this ghost I’m chasing. The ghost played in Chicago, he raised quite a few eyebrows.  In an interview with the AP during the Cleveland Cavaliers media day, James once against talked about his childhood idol and his personal goal to be the best.

“It’s a personal goal. I just never brought it up. It’s my own personal goal to be able to be greater than great. I think that should be everybody’s personal goal.”

He modeled himself after No. 23 on the court and followed some of Air Jordan’s moves off it as a businessman and sneaker-wearing, multi-million dollar corporation.

Jordan’s spirit has consumed James and continually fueled him. His desire to match the Bulls legend, who won six championships, shouldn’t be viewed as anything unusual. He feels everyone should yearn to reach their potential — and beyond.

“If you work for any company or you work for any designer or anywhere, you’re like, ‘Oh, I aspire to be that guy because he’s done it right.’ He’s the greatest and that’s who you look at,” he said. “So that’s always been my personal goal, to use the motivation he gave me as a kid and I’ll use it as motivation now as well that I want to get to where he is. That’s never changed. People kind of wanted to turn it into a conversation, but that’s my personal goal and that’s where I land at.”

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source: AP