LeBron James comes within 36 points of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA all-time scoring record… and the Lakers legend ‘will attend LA’s home games against the Thunder and the Bucks next week’ to pass the torch
LeBron James is getting closer to breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record, and the legendary Laker will be on hand to watch him do it, according to a new report.
James scored 27 points vs. the Pelicans in a 131–126 Lakers loss, bringing him within 36 points of the league high of 38,387.
And according Reuterswill Abdul-Jabbar be in both upcoming Lakers home games vs. the Thunder and Bucks.
“I’ve been carrying the torch as a record holder for 38 years,” says Abdul-Jabbarold CNN’s Don Lemonwho passed the quote on TV last month.
“I’m excited and relieved to pass it on to the next worthy recipient. LeBron deserved it and I hope he lasts even longer than me.”
LeBron James’ 27 points weren’t enough to help the Lakers beat the Pelicans on Saturday
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will reportedly be in attendance as James sets out to break his record
Abdul-Jabbar’s planned presence at the games is somewhat surprising given his previous criticism of James.
The six-time NBA champion previously chided James for saying getting the COVID-19 vaccine was a personal choice, and also described James’ on-court celebrations as “stupid and childish.”
James has also indicated that the pair are not close.
“No thoughts and no relationship,” James told reporters earlier this season when asked how he felt about the possible passing of Abdul-Jabbar and his relationship with the ex-player.
The question now is not whether James will break the scoring record, but by how much.
At 38 years old, he averages 30 points per game and is still one of the top talents in the league, as evidenced by his coast-to-coast drive and dunk on Saturday.
He will face the Thunder on Tuesday before taking on the Bucks on Thursday night.