CHARLOTTE, NC – When LeBron James wanted to meet Charlotte Hornets later on Saturday, the Los Angeles star Lakers thought he met the former Chicago Bulls superstar in 2001 on a June day before doing so on an equal footing with the six-time champion and the five-time MVP.
"It was pious," James said. "I've said that over and over, but it was like meeting God for the first time, so I felt like a 16-year-old boy when I met MJ."
Jordan was 38 years old and was preparing for an NBA comeback with the Washington Wizards and advice to James, who was still in high school.
James is now weeks away from his 34th birthday and is 460 points behind Jordan in fourth place on the NBA career list. The high school kid who wore the number 23, who was inspired by his basketball idol, now has a CV in competition that is rivaled by a few to ever tie a pair of sneakers.
"Every time I'm mentioned with the greats who played this game and people in front of me who laid the ground, laid the foundation for this work and allowed me to be in that position, it is always humiliating and pleasing to my city, "said James, referring to his hometown of Akron, Ohio. "I only know where I come from, some of you know where I'm from, and some of you do not have it, but where I come from, there are not many of us, it's very limited, it's very, very limited inspirations "Very limited resources, all very limited, so for me to be in the position I am in today is just a blessing."
Apart from Jordan's success in scoring, James was able to benefit from it, as well as his the former cops before the court, a feat he writes in part for Jordan.
"MJ made the game global," said James. "He made the game global, got people around the world to watch the basketball game for its marketing ability because of the way he played the basketball game because it was him, and he passed that era."
] "We needed [Larry] Bird and Magic [Johnson] when they came to the league." It was fitting, it was the perfect time for Magic to be with the Lakers and Bird, the Celtics and all the battles that took place And then, when MJ # 84 came in and started doing what he did, he made the game global, and obviously the Dream Team of 1
Jordan is the first former player to play an NBA team owns the NBA then buys Charlotte Bobcats in 2010 for $ 275 million. James said he wants to be the second.
"I would like to be part of a franchise – if not at the top … My dream is to actually have a team," James said in the podcast Open Race in 2016. "I do not need [be] If I'm lucky enough to have a team, I'll hire the best GM and the best president I can, but I feel I have a good eye for not just talent because we all see a lot Talent, but the things that make up the talent, the chemistry, what a guy he is, his work ethic, his passion, the basketball IQ side of things, because talent goes only so far. "
Maverick Carter, James 'friend and business partner, renewed the talks about James' future as owner and told Rachel Nichols of ESPN last month that the Triple Champion and the four-time MVP "for sure" would be interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers own if the team to Verk would be offered on.
Carter told Variety last summer in unequivocal terms that ownership is in James's future.
"In ten years I think, I do not think so, I know that LeBron will own a basketball team," said Carter. "Maybe even a football team. Because he likes football and has looked at football ownership, he will own and lead a basketball team.
Although owning a team remains a goal, James said he will not choose Jordan's brain over the player-to-owner transition any time soon.
"Not right now in my career," James said. I have many more years to play this game. But I would like to have a team someday. But we will see what happens. "