After thrusting the dagger into San Antonio’s NBA title hopes with less than a minute to go in Game 7, LeBron James netted himself his second championship ring. The moment eventually earned him his 20th Sports Illustrated cover, shown above, and a feature in the magazine.
Of the moment itself, King James did not shy away from the inevitable comparison to Michael Jordan’s final shot in a Bulls uniform — when he hit the game-winner from the top of the key against Utah in 1998.
“I know it wasn’t the magnitude of MJ hitting that shot in ’98, but I definitely thought about him,” James said. “It was an MJ moment.” He paused as a turn of phrase came to mind. “It was an LJ moment.”
If LJ is going to embrace the MJ comparisons, so are we.
Below is Jordan’s 20th Sports Illustrated cover. Just like the G.O.A.T. went on to grace dozens more, we assume this is not going to be the Heat superstar’s final time on the front of the famous magazine.
More importantly, it probably won’t be his final time hugging the Larry O’Brien Trophy either.