A few months ago, the media found out teenage LeBron James participated in a scrimmage that featured none other than Michael Jordan. During his interview with Uninterrupted, James shared how it came to be.
They didn’t let me play for like a first hour. The only reason I played is because the guys that was in the league, you know, after a few hours some of them get tired, they’re like, ‘I’m done with this sh*t, hey young fella, we need a fill, you wanna play?’LeBron James, Uninterrupted
The scrimmage featured guys like Paul Pierce, Ron Artest, Penny Hardaway, Jamal Crawford, along with other NBA stars. But the two who stole the show were MJ and Antoine Walker. They were talking trash throughout the whole game, constantly going back and forth. Meanwhile, the 16-year-old James was patiently waiting for his opportunity. And once he got it, he was in awe of the guy on the opposite side.
For me to be on the court at 16 years old, a sophomore in high school, with my favorite player of all time, it was like, this can’t be real, man. If you pinch me, I hope I don’t wake up.LeBron James, Uninterrupted
According to Maverick Carter, who was also watching from the sidelines, Jordan hit the game-winner and said, ‘Yeah, that’s why they pay me $33 million to do this.’ MJ’s team won the game, and the six-time champion won the trash-talking duel against Walker. But the one who got the most out of that scrimmage was LeBron. He got to play with the one he looked up to his whole life.
The dude looked like Jesus Christ to me. He was Black Jesus to me. Nobody could tell me anything different. I didn’t think he was real, and I only thought he lived on the tv.LeBron James, via Uninterrupted
LeBron also shared more details about the famous photo of him and Jordan that was circulating the social media a while ago. He said that was actually during his rookie season when he was participating in a Jordan camp in Santa Barbara. He had the opportunity to play alongside Michael, and the two went undefeated.
We used to play around 9 p.m. The camp would end, and we would stay along with the college kids that he would invite to the games as well. We would get a good-ass run in for a good hour, hour 15. I was on the team with MJ, and we didn’t lose a game.LeBron James, via Uninterrupted