LeBron James’ motivation? Chasing Michael Jordan’s ‘ghost’

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LeBron James just beat the best team he ever faced, the 73-9 Warriors, to bring Cleveland – Cleveland! – a championship. Golden State responded by getting even better, adding Kevin Durant to a core that already included Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Think LeBron wants to beat that team? Of course he does.

But he’s also driven by something bigger.

LeBron, via Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated:

“My motivation,” James says, “is this ghost I’m chasing. The ghost played in Chicago.”

Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all time.

LeBron James could pass him.

It won’t be easy. Jordan played longer than LeBron has so far and still holds big leads in every counting stat but 3-pointers, including six championships to LeBron’s three. But LeBron isn’t done, and the GOAT title is within his reach.

And, clearly, he wants it.