James says Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

LeBron James, Jae Crowder
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Boston Celtics' Jae Crowder (99) during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 112-99. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BOSTON (AP)(STL.News) — LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan’s accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It’s not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA’s greatest player.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

He says his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason’s leading scorer. But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.

If the Cavaliers advance Thursday, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

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