Barack Obama, President of the United States, believes LeBron James stands a fantastic chance of cementing his status as the best basketball player of all time before he retires.
Obama feels that LeBron could conceivably play for another ten years - when the Miami Heat forward will be approaching his 40th birthday - and go on to equal the stunning heights hit by his own NBA hero, Michael Jordan.
Speaking to Charles Barkley before Sunday's All-Star game, Obama said: “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."
“So we don't yet know where he is going to be," he added. "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 has some way to go before he matches the achievements of Jordan; however, a decade down the line and their records could look a lot similar.
Jordan is a six-time NBA champion and was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player on five occasions in the 1980s and 90s.
James, meanwhile, is a two-time NBA champions, but has on four occasions been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player.