On Monday while speaking at an event, former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson mentioned that Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James needed to hon in on his inner Michael Jordan in order to win the NBA finals. LBJ quickly responded with.
“I think for me to go out and be who I am and play as true to the game and as hard as I can and try to lead this team, that’s who I am, Not anybody else. I’m not Michael. I’m not Ali. I’m not nobody else that’s done so many great things for sport. I am who I am, and if I’m able to go out and put together a game like that, it wasn’t because I was possessed. It’s because I worked on my craft all season long and that’s the result of it.”
Now that game 3 has come and left and the Cavaliers were definitely the victors in a 120-90 blowout. Lets not forget to add the massive alley-oop from Kyrie Irving and a after the whistle block on a Steph Curry layup. We can now look at LeBron’s stats from last night and see if he did indeed go all MJ on the Bay Area.
The King went 32/11/6 while shooting 53% from the field and 50% from behind the arch. He actually did a little-bit better that MJ in his game 3 performance against The New York Knicks when the Bulls were in fact down 2-0 in the East Conference finals. In that game in 93′ MJ went 22/8/11 only shooting 16% from the field and attempting no shots beyond the arch. Actually most of his point came from free throws where he went 16-17 at the line. So maybe LeBron was right, maybe he doesn’t need to get all Jordan-esque that would actually be a step back. That would actually make him Curry-esque, but that’s another story.