LeBron James’ “personal goal” to surpass Michael Jordan’s legacy is not achievable, according to his former teammate and good friend Dwyane Wade.
Dwyane Wade offers a unique view on the two NBA greats. As a Chicago native who saw Jordan win six titles and as a two-time champion alongside James, his take on their legacies is legitimate.
So can LeBron surpass MJ?
“No, it’s not possible,” Wade told ESPN with a laugh. “It’s not possible. … The only thing you can do is tie it. There’s no 19th hole.”
The golf reference is based on an analogy he made in a 2012 interview with ESPN.
“My version as LeBron being on par with Michael is this: They’re both on the golf course. Michael’s on the 18th hole; LeBron is somewhere on like the fourth hole,” Wade, now with the Bulls, said at the time. “He’s got a long way to go, but he’s on par to get to the 18th hole.”
Of course, that was before James and Wade won a second championship together in Miami and before James ended Cleveland’s title drought with the Cavaliers last season.
Still, Wade seems pretty sure Jordan and James will end up equals — not one above the other.