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Now that LeBron James has won a championship for the ages, he’s set a loftier goal: Catching Michael Jordan. Long flattered to be mentioned in the same company with Jordan and other NBA legends, James has been hesitant to publicly acknowledge that he wants to be remembered as the greatest in league history. It’s time now. “It’s a personal goal,” James told The Associated Press on Monday. “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.”
Statement from Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan: “First, I want to express my condolences to the Scott family for their loss. I also wish for a full recovery to those who have been injured. In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways. As part of the fabric of Charlotte, the Hornets organization is committed to working with civic leaders, our elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community.”
Chris Forsberg: Allen Iverson on playing against his idol Michael Jordan for the first time: “Man, I wanted to be like Mike. I remember the first time I played against him. I walked out on the court and I looked at him. And, for the first time in my life, a human didn’t really look real to me. You know what I’m saying? I don’t know if you all watch the Chappelle Show, but he talked about in a certain episode where somebody’s seeing Rick James … I’m sitting there and I’m saying, ‘Man, that’s Michael. And I’m looking at him. I can’t stop looking at him. I’m looking at his shoes and I’m like, man, he’s got on Jordans! It was my Mike. It was my idol, my hero.”
Behind the scenes is still considered to be a different story, however. Having Jordan, a member of the Hall of Fame since 2009, in the building to help present his former owner seems like it would make sense and would be an ovation of good will. But according to Reinsdorf, who spoke with reporters Thursday at the HOF pre-induction press conference, His Airness was already busy. “Actually, I spoke to Michael about that when I first found out that I was going to be going in,” he said. “It turned out that he had a conflict and that he couldn’t make it … I understood. I know he’s telling the truth. I don’t think it was anything made up.
One person O’Neal has not heard from as he enters the Hall? Kobe Bryant. “No,” O’Neal said sharply. “Never.” The big man spoke sparingly of Bryant on Thursday, but when asked to compare playing with Bryant to his one season alongside LeBron James in Cleveland, O’Neal said, “Kobe’s more of a Michael Jordan, ‘Let me do it myself type of guy. You need 40, 50, 60, I can do it.’”