"Of all the stuff I've done in my career, this ranks right up there at the top with winning a championship", James said. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ and it's just insane, to be honest.
As for LeBron, the majority of his points came with the Cavs, and the franchise gave him an opportunity to showcase his talents as one of the best to ever play the game.
"It was very emotional". Sad that what everyone said about the place I grew up in had been publicly validated by its most famous occupant, who felt like the only way he could flourish was by leaving Cleveland. That is THE guy, Michael Jordan.
James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but powerful Denver beat the Lakers 115-99.
The night belonged to LeBron James despite Lakers' loss, as video and social media tributes started pouring in for the big man.
"I wanted to shoot on the half-turn like him, to stick out my tongue while pounding my chest like him".
"Hopefully I can inspire the next kid like myself". Though, Bayless should have pointed out that Jordan was playing with Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, two of the best defenders in National Basketball Association history and, in Pippen's case, one of the top 10 small forwards in National Basketball Association history.
"It was like meeting Jesus. Except for me or him". "You suck.You owe me a bottle of wine". As soon as LeBron passed Michael Jordan's record, he took a moment with just himself on the bench, breaking into tears and soaking in all the praise.
On his current pace, James figures to pass Bryant next season and could overtake Abdul-Jabbar by the end of his Lakers contract in the 2021-22 campaign if he stays healthy. The King is shooting 51.2 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.2 percent from the free-throw line.
"That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up", James told ESPN, referring to the Lakers coach as well as, most likely, everyone from general manager Rob Pelinka, to president Magic Johnson, to governor Jeanie Buss.