LeBron James Reveals He Cried As A Child Watching Michael Jordan Retire In 1993

Lebron James Reveals He Cried As A Child Watching Michael Jordan Retire In 1993

The number 23 is iconic in basketball because of two NBA champions: Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Like most of the rest of the world, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers watched ESPN’s 10-part Chicago Bulls docuseries, “The Last Dance.” This past Sunday (May 10th) the docu showcased Michael Jordan’s first retirement from basketball in 1993.

LeBron James revealed that as a child, watching MJ hang up his jersey was devastating. He tweeted:

“Definitely cried this day. 9 years of age. Just Couldn’t believe it”

Nearly 30 years, three championship rings, and several hot shoes later – LeBron is often considered the second coming of the sports giant. Michael Jordan said this about LBJ: 

“He’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best player in the world. I know it’s a natural tendency to compare eras to eras. It’s going to continue to happen…I’m a fan of his…I think he’s made his mark. He will continue to do so over a period of time. But when you start the comparisons, I think it is what it is…I take it with a grain of salt. He’s a heck of a basketball player, without a doubt.”


Meanwhile, LeBron says his career is thanks, in large part, to the almighty MJ:

“I wear the number because of Mike. I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just seeing what he was able to accomplish…I did pretty much everything that MJ did when I was a kid…I wanted to be Mike. And so, for my name to come up in any discussion of Michael Jordan…it’s just a wow factor.”

Watch the last installment of “The Last Dance” on ESPN this Sunday (May 17th) at 9PM EST.


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Written by Miata Shanay


Authored by: Miata Shanay