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When LeBron James first meet Michael Jordan

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On an April night in 2003, back when LeBron James was an 18-year-old high school senior and two months away from being selected No. 1 in the NBA draft, he met Michael Jordan in a hallway after MJ’s Wizards defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With 5 games left in his career, Michael Jordan scored 26 points. At that time LeBron was a well known high-school player and he secured some postgame time with his hero. MJ asked LeBron about his mom and shared a couple of tips in regards to basketball.

Afterward, in an interview LeBron told Oprah meeting MJ was like meeting "Black Jesus" for him. Within a few months, MJ was retired for good, and LeBron was beginning a career that would often be compared to Jordan's still to this day.

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I did everything Mike did. I even wore a wristband on my forearm. You know, so … I didn’t do a hoop earring, either. That was Mike. But I did everything Mike did, man. I wanted to be Mike. And so, for my name to come up in any discussion of Michael Jordan, or Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], and all these great guys that have paved the way for myself and other players, it’s like … it’s just a wow factor. I really don’t have nothing to say.”

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