Earlier this week, Phil Jackson said that the Chicago Bulls being down 0-2 to the New York Knicks in the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals turned Michael Jordan into a "man possessed."
The current Knicks president evoked that situation to say that LeBron James can also lead the Cleveland Cavaliers out of their 0-2 hole against the Golden State Warriors to battle back in these NBA Finals.
The analogy makes sense, right? Too bad for Phil, LeBron isn't here for it. Any of it, whatsoever.
When addressing the press Tuesday, a day before Game 3 of the Finals on Wednesday night in Cleveland, King James shot down the comparison to MJ. Thanks, but no thanks.
Peep LeBron's reaction.
Look at LeBron's face when he says: "I'm not Michael, I'm not [Muhammad] Ali, I'm not anybody else that's done so many great things for the sport. I am who I am, and if I'm able to go out and put together a game like that, it wasn't because I was possessed. It's because I worked on my craft all season long and that's the result of it."
OK, we're going to let you finish, LeBron, but using Jackson's comparison for a minute, MJ did go out and average 32.2 points over the rest of that series, including a 54-point show in Game 4, to lead the Bulls to four straight wins and an Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Knicks in 1993.
Although a large portion of fans and the media would doubt James could lead the Cavs to four straight wins over the Warriors, hey, anything is possible, right?
Who's to say that King James can't be a "man possessed," leading the Cavs to a furious comeback? We've seen LeBron play like a "man possessed" before, so it could be done again.
While Jackson evoking Jordan was probably unnecessary — and to a degree kicking LeBron while he's down — we do think that James shouldn't be irked or preoccupied with the MJ comparison while trying to dig the Cavs back into this Finals series.
After all, the Land's 52-year drought without a major sports championship depends on it.
Perhaps becoming a "man possessed" isn't such a bad thing, Bron.
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