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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  28 responses

LeBron James Calls Title-Sealing Jumper His Michael Jordan Moment


Miami Heat superstar LeBron James watched Michael Jordan’s iconic performances in the NBA Finals during this postseason run, and it appears he was inspired to create his very own. LeBron says that his clutch Game 7 jumper to seal the 2013 NBA championship was his “MJ moment”. Per SI: “During a rare rest in the second week of the Finals, James was lounging in his hotel room at the Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio when Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals came on ESPN Classic. He watched until Michael Jordan held the pose on his last [jumper] in Utah. […] Before Game 7, Miami assistant David Fizdale showed James cut-ups of the San Antonio defense leaving him alone near the free-throw line. Then coaches underlined his sterling percentages in that area this season. ‘Even the best have self-doubt at times when what they’re doing isn’t working,’ James says. ‘You need a reminder.’ He does not study hot zones, but he does watch old tapes. He found one that was taken last summer in his high-school gym, at St. Vincent-St. Mary, when he was burnishing his J. ‘Why would you abandon this thing that’s helped make you what you are?’ James asked himself. ‘Stop second-guessing yourself. Go do it. Make it happen.’ […] James uncorked 20 shots outside the paint in Game 7, the most since he arrived in South Florida three years ago. He drained nine, including five three-pointers. But with 33 seconds left, Miami was only up by two, and James bounced the ball on the blazing Heat logo at midcourt. He was back in the ring of fire. With the floor expertly spaced by Spoelstra, guard Mario Chalmers darted up from the post to set a screen on Leonard at the left elbow, and James bounded around it. Parker switched onto him, but James planted his left shoulder into Parker’s chest, sending him stumbling backward. Leonard recovered, tossing out a hand to contest, but James did not hesitate. He pulled up from 20 feet, easy as an August afternoon at St. V, with the same result. ‘I know it wasn’t the magnitude of MJ hitting that shot in ’98, but I definitely thought about him,’ James said. ‘It was an MJ moment.’ He paused as a turn of phrase came to mind. ‘It was an LJ moment.’”

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  • Shumpert

    MJ Moment? yeah.. noo… yeah.. noo…. very big shot, but yeah… no

  • Andy

    Quote that will likely get overlooked on here: “I know it wasn’t the same magnitude of MJ hitting that shot in ’98″

  • OfftheWall87

    Someone won’t read the full story and say something stupid.

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, it was definitely a defining moment for The Kang … (i) the shot was clutch and (ii) he pulled from mid-range. He slayed two demons in one fell swoop.

  • Guest

    ALRIGHT PEOPLE, LET’S MOVE IT ALONG… NOTHING NEGATIVE SAID HERE!!!

  • Guest

    ALRIGHT PEOPLE, LET’S MOVE IT ALONG… NOTHING NEGATIVE SAID HERE!!!

  • OfftheWall87

    I think people forget that every player was a fan first. He used to take those game winning shots when he was a kid pretending to be Jordan like everyone else who grew up in the 90s did in their backyard. It’s just that now he’s doing it for real.

  • OfftheWall87

    I think people forget that every player was a fan first. He used to take those game winning shots when he was a kid pretending to be Jordan like everyone else who grew up in the 90s did in their backyard. It’s just that now he’s doing it for real.

  • Dfrance

    Lol. See below.

  • Dfrance

    Was happy to see him hit pull up and shoot the rock with confidence. So many times LBJ has been in similar situations and he’d pump fake and kick the ball to someone else.

  • Dfrance

    Two words. #TheRules.

  • shockexchange

    You’ve just out-shocked the Shock Exchange!

  • danpowers

    wasnt as graceful as any original mj moment (as james stated himself) but how could anyone argue a game 7 nba finals sealing jump shot by the back to back finals mvp not to be an mj moment? really feel happy for him that he took that jumper and knocked it down.

  • Slick Ric

    Sigh….Imagine the response if Kobe said this, that’s all I will say.

  • spit hot fiyah

    his mj moment is still to come

  • robb

    It was

  • Sean B

    Glad Skip Bayless is on vacation you know that he would have spent 20 minutes dissecting this harmless statement.

  • OfftheWall87

    He didn’t need to say it. Him copying almost everything Jordan did from some of his answers in his press conference to announce he was going to the league to how he walked was enough for people to talk about him comparing himself to MJ. He’s said himself that most of what he does comes from what he saw MJ do.

  • bike

    Somewhere, on a hot blacktop basketball court, some young kid is shooting the exact same game 7 shot as LeBron did over and over and over again.

    Dreaming, one day, of his King moment.

  • Slick Ric

    Aye, he had a MJ “moment”, not a MJ series though.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    The double standards when it comes to NBA fandom are hilarious.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    I agree with Kobe copying MJ’s game and speaking style as a teenager and in his early 20s (Kobe was a weird kid), but I’d love to hear how he:

    - copied press conference answers
    - copied his walk

    Those two are just not true.

    As far as what he said himself about him being like MJ, he said it regarding his game, not as a human being. And you conveniently left out that he also mentioned in multiple interviews that along with MJ, he emulated/incorporated the games of Jerry West and Oscar Robertson into his game, but I digress.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    That was an amazing and iconic shot, especially since it was Lebron James winning the ring for his team with his SHOT (once considered his weak point) rather than a drive.

    It was many long years in the making to get to that point, and a fitting end to a great Finals.

  • OfftheWall87

    Quotes from Phil Jackson: “His mannerisms were so like Michael that I would say don’t try to take over this game like Michael would.”…”Kobe was hell-bent on surpassing Jordan as the greatest player in the game. his obsession with Michael was striking. Not only had he mastered many of Jordan’s moves, but he affected many of M.J.’s mannerisms as well.”

  • OfftheWall87

    His last two NBA Finals series have looked like Oscar Robertson series…they don’t have to be MJ series. Probably why he said “It was an LJ moment”.

  • Clos1881

    Nah……it was a big shot but you were already winning.

  • from the upper box

    right it wasn’t the same magnitude. Bulls were on the road… they were trailing… MJ brushed off his defender (Parker here just left lebron open thinking leonard recovered from the pick) and without hesitation went for the jumper. not as grand but good to hears LBJ is still learning a lot from the GOAT.

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