President Obama: LeBron James 'has a chance to be as good as anybody'

Friday February 14th, 2014

President Obama LeBron James (Ned Dishman/Getty Images) President Obama welcomed LeBron James and the Heat to the White House last month. (Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

TNT will air an interview with Charles Barkley and President Obama in pregame coverage for Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

One of the topics they discussed was how LeBron James stacks up against the all-time greats, including Michael Jordan.

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“You know LeBron. I know LeBron. When you are standing next to him, and then you watch him close up, I’ve never seen somebody that size, that fast, who can jump that high, who is that strong, who has that much basketball savvy all in one package," Obama said, courtesy of TNT via Pro Basketball Talk.

“So we don’t yet know where he is going to be. Now, I’m a Chicago guy and Mike will always be the guy, for me, just because that was a magical moment for the city. And he was a champion. Mike is now retired. LeBron, when you look at him, you think he might be able to play at a high level for another seven, eight, 10 years. He’s 29 years old. In terms of every aspect of the game, LeBron has a chance to be as good as anybody.”

James is averaging 26.5 points per game this season, the lowest mark since his rookie year, but is shooting a career-best 57.1 percent from the field. The four-time NBA MVP is gunning for his third NBA title in his 11th season.

Jordan, a five-time MVP, won his third title in his ninth season.

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