LEBRON James is spread on a sofa with a television set infront of him inside one of the dugouts of the Nike House of Rise facility in Mandaluyong, killing time while waiting for a couple of Filipino sportswriters to assemble for an interview to be held in a more intimate setting than the one he held just minutes earlier.
In King James' hands was a remote control, and being played before him was an NBA2K video game pitting Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons. LeBron's team was the Cavaliers, of course, and he let out a howl that filled the room while mumbling, 'And one,' after one particular play.
Video game or for real, a game against the Pistons is usually an easy one to win for LeBron, so it's quite a respite really for a man who these days has been fighting a tougher battle amid a debate over his place in history.
His main rival in this fight is not any of his contemporaries, but one man who he has always been ranged against in all-time greatest lists: Michael Jordan.
This game has been going back and forth for a while now. Jordan has said that at his peak, he was certain he could have beaten James in a game of one-on-one. Nope, James has responded. Several former league stars, like Shaquille O'Neal, have also weighed in on the debate.
Inevitably, the GOAT (greatest of all time) question found its way into the interview with Filipino sportswriters and LeBron made no effort to evade it. But he also made it clear he isn't too concerned about his place in history which, he added, is not for him but for others to judge.
"I don't really get into it too much," James said in responding to a question from Spin.ph. "My job in the game of basketball and my place in history will be there for them to label me (when the time comes)."
"But the game of basketball is just a small part of who I am," he added.
For this particular visit, a longer one compared to his first trip to Manila back in 2013, the Cavaliers star said his prime purpose is to be an inspiration to thousands of kids aspiring to rise to the challenge, more so the Pinoy streetballers that have become part of the Nike Rise program.
"True love of basketball," he said, when asked about what it would take to rise in this game.
James may be an inspiration to a whole generation of ballers, but if the choice is down to him he said he wants his oldest son Bronny to find his own way.
Bronny, 10, has shown tremendous athleticism and his father's court vision at so young an age, so much so that videos of his games have become very popular on YouTube. This early, the young James has also become a target for recruiters of major schools.
But James said, "He's not gonna follow my footsteps, he has his own footsteps. As a father, you just give him a blueprint and let him create his own way."
"Basketball is the last thing for him right now. He's happy to be a big brother to his small brother and there's school to take care of."
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