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LeBron James has been on record over the past few years passionately expressing that he wants to go down as one of the, if not the greatest basketball player of all-time. Bulls guard Dwyane Wade helped LeBron win his first two titles in Miami a few years ago, and witnessed the King’s greatness first hand, but even he says that it is not possible for James to surpass Michael Jordan as the greatest of all-time.
This past summer LeBron stated that he was “chasing the ghost” of Michael Jordan. Wade believes the only thing you can do is tie Jordan’s legacy. Via ESPN:
“No, it’s not possible,” Wade told ESPN with a laugh. “It’s not possible.”
“You can’t go past it,” Wade said of Jordan’s legacy. “How can you? That’s as great as it gets, man. The only thing you can do, like I said, is be A-1, A-B. There’s no way higher.”
“The only thing you can do is tie it,” Wade said. “There’s no 19th hole.”
The golf reference came about after Wade was reminded of a 2012 interview with ESPN in which he used a golf analogy to compare James to Jordan.
“I don’t know if [James] has the ability to surpass him or not,” Wade said at the time. “That’s yet to be seen. My version as LeBron being on par with Michael is this: They’re both on the golf course. Michael’s on the 18th hole; LeBron is somewhere on like the fourth hole. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s on par to get to the 18th hole.
“I think last year — not only in my eyes, but in a lot of people’s eyes — really put him … he’s on the 15th hole right now,” Wade said of James. “And he’s on his way, for sure.”