The comparisons between LeBron James and Michael Jordan may never end -- heck, we did just that last week -- but the Miami Heat superstar made comments at the team's media day to suggest that he's coming for Jordan.
“I want to be the greatest of all time and that’s my motivation," James told reporters. "It's that simple."
Those on the outside have made predictions that one day James may indeed be looked at as the greatest of all time -- a title that is currently held, almost unanimously by experts, by Jordan -- but after James' performances the last two seasons -- years in which he won MVPs, Finals and Finals MVPs in each, the potential for him to be considered the best to ever play the game is increasing. He's still got a ways to go, more championships to win and must maintain the level of play he's currently at for at least six or seven more seasons, but saying he could get to the top of the mountain doesn't seem as outlandish now as it once did.
It's not surprising that James wants to be considered the greatest ever when his career is over -- isn't that really everyone's goal? -- but the fact that James said he'll use it as motivation is noteworthy. In the past James had to worry about his public perception and used his desire to earn his first NBA championship as motivation. But with that in his rear-view mirror, James' goals are greater than ever before.
He'll need to get past one of the strongest Eastern Conferences in recent memory, including Indiana, Chicago, Brooklyn and New York, and there's still a long time before James is put into the same category as Jordan, but if James can win a third straight championship and MVP it would inch James that much closer.
Think he has a chance to do it?