Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James reportedly got Michael Jordan's number when he was young but he never called the Chicago Bulls legend. According to NBA insider Jackie MacMullan, Jordan approached a young James and gave him his number.
“Here’s my number. If you need anything, just call," NBA insider Jackie MacMullan said on The Ringer NBA Show. MacMullan then said the offer was never taken by James. “And guess what? LeBron never did,” she said.
“But we can’t hold that against him. He’s probably more like Jordan than he is Dr. J”. James chasing Jordan Jordan has two more championship than James as the Lakers superstar is aiming to win his fifth NBA title this season.
However, winning it all this season for James is easier said than done. The Lakers are fighting to make the play-in tournament after they lost a key matchup to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. James dropped 39 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had five assists but even that wasn't enough as the Lakers suffered a 116-108 loss to the pelicans.
The loss wasn't even the worst thing for the Lakers as James turned his ankle early in the second quarter.
After re-lacing his shoes, James returned to the game.
"I mean, I have no idea how I finished the game, to be honest, after watching that replay," James said after the game.
"It's pretty nasty." With 10 minutes left to play before the halftime, James stepped on the foot of Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes. "I was going in for an offensive rebound and me and Jaxson basically stepped at the same time," James said.
"He got his foot on the ground before I could get my foot back on the hardwood. I stepped on his foot and rolled my ankle." Even though James was in pain, he refused to call it a night. "I mean, from the time I turned my ankle I felt a sharp pain run up my leg.
It started getting hot. And I've been there before with ankle sprains before," James said. "But I didn't want to come out of the game because I understood [the importance]. I mean, I just wanted to win the game.
I understood how big of a game it was for us." Unfortunately for James, him staying in the game and his performance didn't help the Lakers beat the Pelicans.