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LeBron Passes Jordan, His Hero
News Bytes 03/8/2019 29 Comments

From the first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike. This week, James passed his sports hero’s career point record. Now he’s looking to inspire the next generation.

Growing up, James and his friends in Akron, Ohio, admired basketball great, Michael Jordan. James studied, imitated, and drew inspiration from Jordan’s amazing dunks, his fadeaway jumper, and his competitive fire. James proudly put No. 23 on his back as soon as he could get it as a high school sophomore. “He was everything,” James says.

So when James passed Jordan’s career points total Wednesday night, he did it in a pair of Nikes with “Thank You, M.J.” written on the side. That tribute doesn’t begin to cover what Jordan meant to a youngster who dreamed of finding a better life through basketball.

“When you’re an inner-city kid from Akron, Ohio, . . . you look for anything that can inspire you,” James says. “ The percentages of guys like myself—single-parent household, only child, underprivileged—[the chance of] making it out is not high at all. M.J. had a lot to do with me making it out, along with my mother, along with the city itself, along with the Little League coaches I had. ”

James has his own impressive 16-year NBA career. Yet he’s still in awe of Jordan, who has always represented the pinnacle of achievement for James. He moved past Jordan’s 32,292 career points (fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list) during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

James missed most of the tribute video aired during the timeout after his milestone points—because he was crying into a towel.

“You guys have no idea what M.J. did for me and my friends growing up,” James says. “I’ve got to carry it on to the next kid.”

Is there someone who’s been an inspiration to you? There are many ways beyond sports to encourage and motivate others. 1 Timothy 4:12 says: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Have you ever thought about being an example to someone else?

(LeBron James, right, shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends. With the basket, James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA's career scoring list. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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We live near Akron OH!!!

We live near Akron OH!!!

(G)

That is really cool

Basketball

I love basketball played for five years, and nominated player of the game four times in a row, Made twenty two points in playoffs allowing my team to make it to the championships as an undefeated team. (We won the championships ) MJ was my hero to since I was five years old.

That's really impressive!

That's really impressive! Also, I thought that the question that WORLDteen posed was interesting (Have you ever thought about being an example to someone else?). I dunno, just kinda gave me something to think about :-)

wow!!

He shurly has a gift. i dont whatch basketball but I'v herd the name M,J, before.

@lena p

ya, I rilly don't know how to answere that question. I dont look up to sports heros.

mabey my mom?

Nadia A.

I think you mixed up your sentence, unless you are an example to your mom:D

Because the question was if

Because the question was if you ever thought of being an example to someone else, and you said your mom:)

At our church, I'm the oldest

At our church, I'm the oldest of most of my best friends, so, yeah, I do have to be a good example (which I might not be good at:D). Also, I have an almost-4 year-old Bro that I have to be a good example to:D

oops sorry!

I meant to say that I dont look up to sports heros I look up to my mom.
is that more clear?! : )

@alyssa S

oh no!!! I read the question rong I thought it meant who do you look up too!!!
sorry ! now I know what you were thinking!!!!!

Nadia A.

Yeah, I knew what you meant:D

actually, the first question

actually, the first question does ask if you look up to someone, the next says if you ever thought of being an example.

now to aswere the question; )

um... I have two little brothers i don't know if they look up to me or not. and I'm the oldest of all the kids in our church ( exept three)
heres the website www.shoaffparkbaptist.org

@alyssa S

your confussing me! I gonna read that agean!

spelling corection!

I AM gonna read that agean.

Nadia A. Heres what it says:

Is there someone who’s been an inspiration to you? There are many ways beyond sports to encourage and motivate others. 1 Timothy 4:12 says: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Have you ever thought about being an example to someone else?

@alyssa S

were my answeres corect?

I don't really care for

I don't really care for basketball. I like football a lot.

COOL!

im not really into sports unless its smash face or dodge ball

@lena p

I love doge ball!!!!!!!! we play it in Awana at my church!!!!!
and whats smash face?

spelling corection : {

dodge ball not doge ball!!

I like dodge ball too, Leah P

I like dodge ball too, Leah P. what IS smash face? It sounds like a games that ends up in the hospital with a ……. smashed face!!!

@alyssa S

you are making me laff!!!!!XD XD XD!!!!!!
no rilly it dose sound like that!!1

doge ball is so awesome. we

doge ball is so awesome. we play at our church

we also play human foosball

we also play human foosball

@Paulus

Wow, human foosball sounds fun!!!

Sarah H

That's so cool that Lebron looked up to MJ so much. I mean, Lebron has been crazy successful, and he takes the time to acknowledge his inspiration. I also love that he wants to inspire the next generation.

That is awesome!

I'm so happy for him!

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