I cried at the first retirement announcement of Michael Jordan- LeBron James

by Duke Magazine

NBA star, LeBron James was just one out of the many kids who had aspired to be like the NBA legend, Michael Jordan who was in the 90s at the peak of his basketball career. 

On hearing the first retirement news of the six-time NBA champion from the Chicago Bulls in 1993, a then-nine year old James cried profusely over his idol exiting the game he loved.

“Definitely cried this day. 9 years of age,” the L.A. Lakers forward, now 35, tweeted on Sunday night (May10) during ESPN’s broadcast of the Jordan documentary, The Last Dance. “Just Couldn’t believe it.”

The documentary which profiles the high and low points of Jordan’s NBA career through interviews between him and the people he played with, including his teammates and opponents. 

James has described Jordan as one of his career influencers.

“I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just seeing what he was able to accomplish,” James previously said in 2017, according to The Undefeated. “I didn’t ever believe I could be Mike. So I started to focus myself on other players and other people around my neighborhood, because I never thought you could get to a point where Mike was. So I think that helped shape my game.”

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