LeBron James, a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, reached a higher altitude on Sunday night. James became just the second player in NBA history to reach 38,000 career points with his point production against the Philadelphia 76ers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league’s all-time leading scorer, is the only other player to have ever done so.
James needed 11 points to reach 38,000 before the game against Philadelphia, and he did so relatively quickly. Midway through the first quarter, he made the mark with a jump shot. Check out the bucket below:
James is currently less than 400 points away from surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, which is an incredible accomplishment for anyone, let alone someone who has always viewed himself as a pass-first player. James will surpass the storied Lakers center later this season, barring severe injury issues. When the season first began, he talked about future success.
At media day, James said, “Knowing that I’m sitting here about to break what is perhaps the NBA’s most sought-after record, things that people said would probably never be done, I think it’s just super humbling for myself. I think it’s cool. There is no doubt that Kareem and I have disagreed on several of my beliefs and actions.”
“At the end of the day, to be mentioned in same sentence as a guy who wore this uniform. A guy who was a staple of this franchise. Along with Magic [Johnson], Big Game [James Worthy] over there for years, especially in the ’80s. And a guy who does a lot off the floor. I think it is just super-duper dope for myself to even be in that conversation,” he continued. “
James and Abdul-Jabbar don’t get along well, but as the first two players to reach 38,000 points and the two most prolific point producers the league has ever seen, they will now be inextricably linked in history books.