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LeBron James: NBA All-Time Leading Scorer?

In a loss to the Nuggets, history was made, once again, at the Staples center. LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the all-time NBA scoring list. James, now 34, has a shot to finish his career as the all-time leading scorer in league history.

Kareem Congratulates James

Record holder Kareem Abdul-Jabbar congratulated James on passing Jordan. In an instagram message, he compared the moment to when he passed Wilt Chamberlain on the scoring list in 1984. Abdul-Jabbar says that if LeBron goes on to break his record, he welcomes him graciously.

“I just wanted to congratulate you on your most recent accomplishment, passing Michael Jordan. I know he was your hero and how much it means to you to pass someone you’ve admired your whole life. Same thing happened to me, back in 1984. I was able to pass Wilt’s record, someone that I had admired when I was a kid…Everybody’s asking me how I’m going to react if you pass my record, and the only thing I have to say is if and when that happens, I’ll be glad that it’s somebody that has shown as much class and caring as you have.”

What Now?

But before James can attempt this feat, he’ll have to pass each of the top scorers. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is his next target.

 

  1. Kareem Abdul Jabbar: 38,387
  2. Karl Malone: 36,928
  3. Kobe Bryant: 33,643
  4. LeBron James: 32,311

James has 32,311 career points and he should pass Bryant (33,643) for third place next season, should his health maintain. James will need to score 6,077 points to set a new scoring record, which will likely take a few seasons. Whatever the case, LeBron continues to leave his legacy in the NBA. 

 

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Sources: USAtoday, NBA, 247sports, ESPN

 

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March 13th, 2019

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