The Los Angeles Lakers star surpasses the former center’s 38,387 points
Glory Mary i was pregnant with LeBron James When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar he became the leading scorer in the NBA on April 5, 1984. It took nearly 39 years for the position to be filled by a new owner. The current star Los Angeles Lakersborn December 30 of that year, surpassed the former center’s 38,387 points in the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Now, LeBron boasts 38,388 points in regular season games. “I wasn’t going to do that. It wasn’t my goal when I got into the league,” he said in an interview with ESPN. “I’ve never gone after any records or wondered if I could break such a mark … It’s one of those things that happens and you don’t even think about the possibility.”
“The goalscoring record never crossed my mind because I’ve always been a guy who passes first. I’ve always liked to see my teammates succeed,” he continued. “I know how to make baskets. When I say I’m not a scorer, I mean that this has never been the part of my game that defines me,” he added.
Despite being the all-time leading scorer in the regular season, LeBron still trails Michael Jordan in scoring average. The six-time champion Chicago Bulls scored 32,292 points in 1,072 regular season games, an average of 30.1 points per game.
LeBron is 38 years old and has a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers until 2024/2025, with a release clause. player option. That is, he is able to beat two other signs of longevity in the NBA: more games and more seasons.
Currently, legendary Boston Celtics player Robert Parish fills the spot, with 1,611 games. LeBron has already positioned himself in the top ten of the list, but the path to the top is still long and will depend on his physical and medical conditions.
With 20 seasons, LeBron only needs two more to equal the record set by Vince Carter, who played 22 seasons in the NBA for eight different franchises.
“I literally try to prepare my body, mind and soul to stay young in a youth game,” LeBron said. “People are always trying to say something against it or say I’m too old to do something. So every day that fact comes to my mind and I make sure to remind people that I can keep doing what I’ve always done to a great level.”
The Lakers star doesn’t hide that his goal is to work with his son Bronny before retiring. He is 18 years old and currently a high school senior at Sierra Canyon School and will not be eligible to play in the NBA until the 2024-2025 season under current league rules.
“I need to be on the court with my son,” said LeBron, who added that he doesn’t have to be on the same side. “Either in the same team or in a match against him. I don’t want to say how.”
A video of the exact moment in which LeBron James scores the points he needs to break the record was shared by the official profile of the Los Angeles Lakers, the team where the champion plays.
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