The Cleveland Cavaliers will attempt to close out the Eastern Conference Finals tonight in Boston. With a 3-1 series lead and the Golden State Warriors awaiting their next opponent, the Cavaliers want to head back to the Finals. This will be the third straight year for the Cavs. For the first time in NBA history it will also be the same teams, if the King and company take care of business.
During his press availability today James was questioned by reporters about his chance to past Michael Jordan and become the NBA’s All-Time scoring leader in the Playoffs. The King from Akron will need 28 points against the Celtics tonight in Game 5 to do so. James advised that the scoring title is a “personal goal” and not a matter of passing Jordan. Instead James would opt to say that he hopes to inspire the next generation of kids.
“It’s just a personal goal of mine,” James said Thursday, via ESPN.com. “It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs. It’s just my personal goal to keep me motivated — that’s all.”
James also offered a bit of of advice to those who are only keeping the comparisons between Jordan and himself, even alluding to the NFL comparisons.
“You guys are going to have the conversations about who is greatest of all time and things of that nature,” James said. “It doesn’t matter to me. At the end of the day, it’s so funny that the conversation is always talked about in the NBA about who is the greatest but it’s never talked about in the NFL about who is the greatest quarterback. It’s just like: [Dan] Marino, [John] Elway, [Peyton] Manning and [Tom] Brady. All great quarterbacks, you know — and it should be the same for us.”
The Boston Celtics will host the Cavaliers tonight for Game 5. Tip-off is at 8:30 PM EST on TNT.