LeBron James passed Michael Jordan
LeBron was feeling the love from fellow colleagues and other professional athletes, but what did MJ himself have to say?
Hornets owner Michael Jordan issues brief statement on LeBron James passing him on the NBA’s all-time scoring list: “I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career.”— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 7, 2019
Real deep, Mike. That hits home for sure.
Jordan was the top competitor of his time and obviously still has that mentality to this day. He did what was right by congratulating LeBron, but did nothing beyond that. Then again, what is he supposed to do? Write a love letter and send him flowers?
People often forget professional athletes possess a level of dedication and talent like no other to play at the highest level in any sport. These men and women work day in and day out to be able to have one shot at achieving a successful career, and will stop at nothing to be the best and crush their competition.
Michael Jordan probably has respect and a certain level of admiration for LeBron, but at the end of the day, these two don't even play together and yet they still have to constantly compete because of the media.
Michael Jordan says: "Stats that matter to me is games that we win and rings that you collect."— OLDSKOOLBBALL (@Oldskoolbball1) March 7, 2019
- If i'd play for the stats i'd never retire in 1993? or i'd still be chasing Kareem A. Jabbar's scoring lead. That doesn't drive me. It's all about winning championships and winning. pic.twitter.com/pXXfpHKBBe
Jordan has gone on the record to even say that he doesn't even care about stats. For him it is about rings, and that's been made very clear.
As a result, Jordan's praise will always be, and rightfully should be, at a minimum considering the competitor that still lives within him.