LeBron James on Michael Jordan’s 1993 Retirement: ‘It Didn’t Make Sense to Me’

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the second half overtime of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Denver. The Lakers won 120-116 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was only eight when Michael Jordan retired for the first time in 1993, yet he remained as puzzled as everybody else when Jordan abruptly walked away from basketball.

While watching Jordan’s retirement covered in The Last Dance, James tweeted he “definitely cried” while watching MJ’s press conference.

During an appearance on UNINTERRUPTED’s WRTS: After Party, James said Jordan was an “angel sent from heaven” in terms of an idol growing up.

When you’re a nine-year-old kid and you need inspiration from someone, they become your father which I needed, they become your brother, they become your teammate, they become your pastor, they become your superhero,” he said. “It’s like Batman and Michael Jordan for me when I was growing up. Those were the two best superheroes in the world.”

The four-time MVP added that Jordan’s decision at th