LeBron James knows that he is not far from Michael Jordan in the all-time hierarchy, and even if he does not necessarily admit it, he must be longing to surpass him one day. He tried to imitate him during the game against the Pistons, but he made a fool of himself.
In a few years in the history books of the NBA, LeBron James and Michael Jordan will probably be side by side at the top of the hierarchy of the best players of all time. One dominated the 90′ with a record that no one presents anymore, when the other has been at the top of the league for 19 years already and is expected to retire with a multitude of totally mind-blowing records.
And both also have legendary moments on the floor. LeBron James has his many monstrous alley-oops with the Heat, his counter board on Andre Iguodala during the 2016 Finals … But MJ probably has the advantage in this area for a simple reason: he added arrogance to his talent to make fans dream. In particular, we remember his many free throws with his eyes closed to assert his dominance.
LeBron closes his eyes on a shot … Like Jordan
Could anyone be more confident in his abilities than that? Even though he was shooting « only » 83% from the free throw line, MJ felt good enough to close his eyes and put his shot up. A method attempted by LeBron during the reception of the Pistons this Sunday, when the game was already folded. Unfortunately, the result was far different from Michael Jordan… Read carefully from the King’s lips:
I will shoot it with my eyes closed
LeBron James does not have many flaws in the game, except his lack of address from the free throw line (73% in career). Seeing him attempt such an acrobatics is therefore quite surprising, unlike the result which is not at all. He was at 5/7 at this moment of the game, which is not necessarily enough to show such confidence.