Dwyane Wade has a measured take on comparisons between the legacies of good friend LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
In an interview with ESPN, the new Bulls guard said Thursday that it’s “not possible” to surpass Jordan, making his comments “with a laugh.”
“The only thing you can do is tie it,” Wade said. “There’s no 19th hole.”
In a 2012 interview while the two were teammates in Miami, Wade used a golf analogy to make a similar point: he felt James was well behind Jordan in terms of completing his career and racking up accomplishments — “somewhere on like the fourth hole.” He felt then that James was “on par” at that stage.
“I think last year — not only in my eyes, but in a lot of people’s eyes — really put him … he’s on the 15th hole right now,” Wade, a three-time NBA champion in Miami, said this week of James. And he’s on his way, for sure.”
Jordan’s six championships with the Bulls and vast personal accolades and statistical output have long been regarded as a benchmark for greatness in the NBA. James, who is now a three-time champion after Cleveland’s Finals win, told SI’s Lee Jenkins this summer that his motivation was chasing Jordan.
“You can’t go past [Jordan’s legacy],” Wade said. “How can you? That’s as great as it gets, man. The only thing you can do, like I said, is be A-1, A-B. There’s no way higher.”