After the game, James said he grew up idolizing Jordan, but never modeled his game after him, because Jordan was "a god."
On Friday on Undisputed, Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe reacted to James passing the milestone, and discussed his reaction to doing it.
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I found last night extremely fascinating on many levels. LeBron James is very thoughtful, he can be very calculating. He's a shrewd operator. So some deeper analysis is required.
Here's my final takeaway.
I thought it came across as one long humblebrag by LeBron James. While he was trying to very humbly understate his achievement, his deeper message was "I passed the ghost! I am now the GOAT!"
That's what I took from last night.
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Let's start with the 3-point shot that broke the quote unquote record.
I did think it was very cool that LeBron James, who entered these playoffs as the worst 3-point shooter in NBA playoff history, did make a 3 to eclipse Michael Jordan. I thought that was cool. But I do find it interesting that he was so acutely aware of the record, so locked in on it, that he knew exactly how many points he had and how many he needed to pass the record.
Wait a second. You're keeping tabs on this in the game? Is that team basketball? I'm not sure.
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You absolutely keep track. When I played, I always knew if I was five yards away from 100, if I had one more catch to get to 10. Of course!
Well, the point is, he made the shot. He [held his finger up], which he clearly had decided ahead of time that he was going to do. That tells all the witnesses out there, "Hey, I just passed Michael Jeffrey Jordan. I am now the greatest."
You know some of the younger viewers will jump on the bandwagon. All blind witnesses, all of them. I need to reinforce this point: LeBron James took 33 more games than Michael Jordan to break that all-time playoff scoring record. If you took that 33 games, times the 28 points per game that is LeBron James' playoff average, 33 times 28, that's 934 extra points that LeBron was able to score in those extra games.
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And if we just go off the regular season, LeBron has now played 14 seasons and scored 28,787 points. If we just take Michael Jordan's 14 of the first 15 seasons that he played, all that, all told, Michael was at 30,462, almost 2,000 more points than LeBron James scored in that same period of time.
All I'm saying is let's keep some perspective. If we just want to make it a points race, and only about points, Jordan still has him beat.