Bringing a championship to Northeast Ohio has always been a dream for LeBron James. But after accomplishing that goal and living out that dream by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a comeback series win over the Golden State Warriors in the Finals, James has his sights set on a new, perhaps more loftier goal - become the greatest ever player in the history of the NBA.
For James and for everyone else, the greatest to ever play is Michael Jordan. And although James still doesn't put himself on the same level as Jordan or even wants to be compared to him, wanting to be as great as His Airness is his newest motivation.
"My motivation," James says, "is this ghost I'm chasing. The ghost played in Chicago."
"My career is totally different than Michael Jordan's," he says. "What I've gone through is totally different than what he went through. What he did was unbelievable, and I watched it unfold. I looked up to him so much. I think it's cool to put myself in position to be one of those great players, but if I can ever put myself in position to be the greatest player, that would be something extraordinary."
Comparing Jordan and James is quite hard to do. They are different players and have each accomplished so much in their Hall-of-Fame (future for James) careers. Jordan of course has won more championships than James (six), yet LeBron's career is far from over, so he could possibly tie or even surpass the former Chicago Bulls great before he hangs up his Nikes.
But having a motivation is what drives all of us and after James won a championship for the city of Cleveland, he needed something new to fuel him. Chasing after Jordan's greatness should surely motivate James as well as trying to win back-to-back titles and he has proven that whatever he sets his mind to, he accomplishes. That's not to say James will ever catch Jordan but his journey to do so, should be quite thrilling to follow.