LeBron James’ Motivation: To Be As Great As Michael Jordan

LeBron James

LeBron James accomplished a career-long goal in June, when he brought Cleveland its first major sports championship in 52 years.

Moving forward, the NBA star is still driven to reach another goal.

"My motivation is this ghost I’m chasing. The ghost played in Chicago," James recently told Sports Illustrated.

That ghost is Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time.

So far, James has won three NBA titles, including two with Miami. He is also considered to be the greatest player of this era. But, if he's to go down in NBA history as great as Michael Jordan, LeBron has a lot of work to do... and is already in the gym working out by 6 a.m. these days.

He tells SI he usually doesn't train this hard this early in the off-season. "My career is totally different than Michael Jordan's," LeBron said in the article. "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."