LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – LeBron James reflected emotionally on his life and career after passing Michael Jordan to move into fourth place on the NBA career scoring list on Wednesday night.
His teammates congratulated him, a tribute video played, and at the next timeout, James sat alone on the bench with his face buried in a towel.
The reaction seemed fitting for a player who idolised Jordan growing up.
“I don’t know, man, a lot of the stuff I’ve done in my career, this ranks right at the top,” the 34-year-old veteran said after the game. “For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration, needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me.
“Wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneakers like MJ. … I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ.
“It’s crazy, to be honest. It’s beyond crazy.”