If you're tuned in to this years NBA Finals, instantly you'd assume Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers don't stand a chance against the Golden State Warriors. How are they going to bounce back from a 0-2 deficit out of 7 games? Game 3 of the championship is tonight, and the question everyone's asking has to do with a possible comeback for the Cavs.
Phil Jackson and Shaquille O' Neal were asked this question during an American Express event that both were in attendance for Monday evening.
Phil Jackson thinks it's possible for a Cleveland comeback. His professional soulution? He believes Lebron James needs to step up his game and perform like Michael Jordan did in 1993 against the Knicks in Game 3 of the Finals. The Bulls (at that time) were in the same exact situation - 0-2 deficit and expected to take a big fat loss to Patrick Ewing and his New York Knicks squad.
“It did something to Michael Jordan,” Jackson said. “You learned something about pulling the cape of Superman. It’s not a good idea. He was a man possessed after that.”
Jordan went on to accomplish four straight wins to lead the 1993 Bulls to an NBA Championship. However, Lebron isn't buying Jackson's comparison, regardless of what his jersey number may be. Tuesday, he was asked on his opinion from the advice from what Jackson stated. Lebron told reporters that he is not MJ. Or Muhammad Ali.
“I think for me to go out and be who I am and play as true to the game and as hard as I can and try to lead this team, that’s who I am,” he said. “Not anybody else. I’m not Michael. I’m not Ali. I’m not nobody else that’s done so many great things for 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.”
LeBron also added: “Phil’s a great coach. Mike’s a great player. But I am who I am.”
What do you think? Will the Cavs rise up to the occasion? Will Lebron take Phil Jackson's advice, regardless of if he agrees or not? Tonight will be the determining factor.