http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/17200053/lebron-james-chasing-ghost-michael-jordanYou would think that helping his hometown end a 52-year title drought would allow LeBron James to take his foot off the gas. But he can't because he's still in pursuit ... of Michael Jordan.
"My motivation is this ghost I'm chasing," James said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. "The ghost played in Chicago."
James, who grew up in the Greater Cleveland area, this season led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first championship, overcoming a 3-1 Finals deficit in the process. He picked up his third title after winning two with the Miami Heat. The four-time MVP is one of the best ever, but Jordan is considered by many to be the best.
"My career is totally different than Michael Jordan's," James said, according to Sports Illustrated. "What I've gone through is totally different than what he went through. What he did was unbelievable, and I watched it unfold. I looked up to him so much. I think it's cool to put myself in position to be one of those great players, but if I can ever put myself in position to be the greatest player, that would be something extraordinary."
James conceded that he had wondered whether it was possible to dig out of the hole the Cavaliers were in against the Golden State Warriors.
"You're down 3-1, and nobody has ever come back from 3-1," he said, according to SI.com. "You're facing a team that won 73 games, and you're going back to their home floor, where they just won 54 in a row. Self-doubt creeps in."