Michael Jordan and LeBron James are arguably two of the greatest athletes to have graced the basketball court. The two NBA icons have 10 NBA championships between them and are often the subject of the G.O.A.T debate.
However, one can only imagine what it would have been like if the two played their basketball in the same generation. While Michael Jordan drew curtains on his illustrious NBA career in 2003, LeBron was just getting started.
LeBron joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, just a few months after Jordan retired from the NBA for the third and final time. And having won six NBA titles before James even made his debut for the Cavs, Jordan had some priceless advice for the youngster.
It was something that led to the changing of the guard. Since Jordan’s retirement, James has been the dominant figure in the NBA.
What did Michael Jordan say to LeBron during their first meet?
LeBron James was born just after Michael Jordan made his debut in the NBA. The Lakers superstar also previously admitted that he grew up idolizing Jordan.
However, in 2003, when James was on his way to being picked up by the Cavs in the NBA Draft, he crossed paths with Michael Jordan. At the time, Jordan was in his second year with the Washington Wizards. James, on the other hand, was a high-school phenomenon.
The Wizards had made the trip to Cleveland and it led to an iconic conversation between the two. According to reports from The Mirror, Jordan asked a 17-year-old James to focus on his strengths.
The former Wizards star said, “A dribble, you stop and shoot. That’s the move I want to see you do more often.” James smiled and then replied: “This is my boy.”
James appeared to be starstruck upon meeting Jordan. The two also talked about James’ mother for a while before parting their separate ways.
LeBron James and Michael Jordan stats and comparisons
Jordan spent a total of 12 years with the Chicago Bulls and won six NBA titles with the Eastern Conference side. He is also a six-time NBA Finals MVP.
Jordan is a 14-time NBA All-Star and a 10-time NBA Scoring champion as well. Since his retirement from the NBA, Jordan has continued to be associated with the NBA. He is currently the owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
Meanwhile, LeBron James has won four NBA titles and is two titles behind Jordan. He won two titles with the Miami Heat, one with the Cavaliers and one with the Lakers. He is a four-time NBA Finals MVP.
Last season, LeBron’s Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Phoenix Suns. However, the 36-year-old will be itching to get his hands on a fifth NBA title next campaign.