On Tuesday, 7th Feb 2023-during the the Lakers and the Thunder game, saw LeBron James become the NBA‘s all-time leading scorer, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s 39-year-old record.
LeBron hit 38 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 130-133 loss to surpass Abdul-Jabbar’s mark of 38,387.
Abdul-Jabbar initially broke the scoring record in April 1984.
“To be in the presence of such a legend and great as Kareem, it means so much to me. It’s very humbling,” James said as the game was stopped for a brief ceremony at center court. “To everybody who’s ever been a part of this run with me the last 20 years, I just want to say thank you so much.
“To the NBA … I thank you guys so much for letting me be part of something I’ve always dreamed about. I would never, ever in a million years dreamed it’s better than what it is tonight.”
In just 26 minutes, James reached 36 points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar, ending the game with a total of 38 points, along with seven rebounds and three assists in the Lakers’ 133-130 loss.
The game was paused when James broke the record, and he was presented with a commemorative ball from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Abdul-Jabbar to mark the achievement.
LeBron revealed that he feels he has the ability to continue playing for a few more years.
“The way I’m feeling, the way my body’s been reacting to me throughout this course of the season, I know I can play a couple more years,” James said.
LeBron James is a professional basketball player who was born in Akron, Ohio on December 30, 1984. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him first overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, and he quickly established himself as one of the league’s best players. In 2007, he led the Cavaliers to their first-ever NBA Finals appearance. In 2010, James made a highly publicized move to the Miami Heat, where he won two NBA championships in four seasons. He returned to Cleveland in 2014 and led the city to its first professional sports championship in 2016. James has been a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 17-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist throughout his career. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
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