People can argue if whether or not LeBron James is the real G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time), but it should come with no contest that the power forward of Los Angeles Lakers is one of the best players in the world.
Despite losing the game against the Denver Nuggets last Wednesday, 99-115, LeBron still had all the reasons to celebrate. With a second quarter layup, LeBron finished the game with 31 points—and this had officially moved him past Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, another baller regarded as the real G.O.A.T.
Jordan, who scored 32,292 career points in over 15 seasons, was quick to recognize LeBron’s 32,311. On Thursday, Jordan said in a statement: “I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career.”
LeBron’s feat sparked more debates, but amidst the conflicting views and divided opinions, the two athletes only have good words for one another. LeBron, as a testament to his remark that Jordan was his inspiration growing up, paid homage to the Hornets owner by writing a message on his sneakers that says: “Thank you MJ.”
In an interview, LeBron reminisces his life as a kid back in Akrin, Ohio, where he used to “watch MJ from afar,” for inspiration and positive influence.
Now on his 16th overall NBA season, LeBron is currently the fourth with most points in the all-time scoring list. Ahead of him are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38, 387), Karl Malone (36, 928), and Kobe Bryant (33,643). The 34-year-old LeBron already tallied more minutes, games, assists, rebounds, and blocks than Jordan. He also is the youngest player to have achieved this milestone. He may still have a long way to go, but with tentatively three more healthy years in the league, reaching the top spot is not improbable.
Going back to the regular season, the Lakers are on a free-fall, with 30-35 win-loss record. If they continue to go downhill, LeBron will almost surely miss the Finals for the first time in ten years.
Disregarding the fate of the Lakers this season, LeBron’s new record still demands for credit and recognition he rightfully deserves.
Featured image by Mark J. Terril of Associated Press via MANILA BULLETIN.
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