It’s done. Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James has broken the record for the most points scored by an NBA player ever. He did it in a home game against Oklahoma City earlier this week. He dethroned Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 38,390 points scored in twenty seasons.
LeBron James was barely 18 years old, just out of high school, and went by the moniker ‘The Chosen One‘ when he made his NBA debut in 2003. The US basketball league, which was looking for a successor to superstar Michael Jordan, placed its hopes in the precocious young man from Akron, Ohio.
The man known as ‘King James‘ has grown in stature over the course of the last 20 seasons. On Tuesday, February 7, the Los Angeles Lakers player passed the 38,387-point mark in his career with the 38 points he scored against the Oklahoma City Thunder, displacing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from the top spot as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,390 points overall.
A feat accomplished in front of Abdul-Jabbar, who took part in a handover ceremony between generations right away, without waiting for the game to end. The Lakers eventually went on to lose the game 133-130.
Whether it was a coincidence or not, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scoring average significantly decreased the year he turned 39, before retiring at 41-years old. LeBron James will be… 39 in December.
Will he play until he is 41 years old? There is currently no cause to believe otherwise, particularly in light of the fact that he has acknowledged his want to play alongside his son, who is anticipated to join the NBA for the 2024–2025 season.
Lebron James shouldn’t let the 40,000-point threshold get in his way. And his peers will surely regard this record as untouchable, but by then, his successor may have given his first cry.