As the NBA free agency season begins and speculation about LeBron James’ destination has reached a fevered pitch. Many believe the Bulls’ chances are limited by Michael Jordan’s legacy, but the team made a major statement by erecting a statue of James dunking over the famous Jordan statue outside the United Center.

“Everyone who thinks he’s not coming here says LeBron won’t want to walk past the Jordan statue every day,” said Bulls VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson. “We think he’ll love walking by the statue of him dunking over Jordan however.”

After hearing about the alteration to the statue that bears his likeness, Jordan expressed mixed emotions.

“Everyone knows no one ever dunked over me, so the statue’s now¬†completely bogus,” said Jordan. “But I heard the LeBron statue is wearing Nikes, so I got paid royalties and that makes it all right by me.”

James said he had not yet seen the statue but was excited to check it out.

“Wow, my very own statue?” said James. “This is the only thing I’ve never gotten in my career. Well, that and a championship ring.”

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