The Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar topped the list of all-time points in the NBA for 39 years. LeBron James, another Laker, surpassed him on Tuesday to become the league’s all-time leading scorer.
LeBron breaking the record had been expected for a while, but that doesn’t lessen the significance of the achievement. LeBron James broke the mark with a 3-pointer in the third quarter while Kareem was present.
After 39 years, the NBA has a new #ScoringKing
Salute, @kingjames. pic.twitter.com/NSJqD1kobN
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 8, 2023
LeBron was able to shatter the record at home in front of the Los Angeles crowd thanks to favorable scheduling that benefited the Lakers and him. Many members of the family, friends, and media attended the game to celebrate the occasion as a consequence.
LeBron has accelerated toward the finish line in recent weeks and months, despite it seeming inevitable before the season even began. LeBron had a strong second half of the season after a sluggish start that included an injury.
LeBron averaged 32.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.3 assists over the course of 30 games from November 26 through the end of January while shooting 52.1% from the field. He won two Player of the Week honors and was nominated for Player of the Month just in January.
With essence, LeBron accomplished this in style. From one Laker to the next, it continues.
LeBron’s journey to 38,387 points was the subject of numerous profiles in the days and weeks before he broke the record. LeBron has climbed the scoring leaderboards despite never being referred to as a “pure scorer,” according to Zach Lowe of ESPN. In a brilliant article for The Ringer, Mirin Fader compared the qualities that made LeBron James and Kareem great. In a column for Andscape, Marc Spears discussed how LeBron lived up to the lofty moniker of “The Chosen One.”
The significance of this moment for LeBron, the Lakers, and the NBA cannot be overstated. LeBron James now owns the record that many people believed would never be broken. The King’s greatest professional achievement is also his career’s greatest crown jewel.
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