It’s a historic night in the NBA. On April 5th 1984, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made history when he went up with his patented sky hook and officially passed Wilt Chamberlain to become the NBA’s All Time Leading scorer. Fast forward to today and that record has been broken. LeBron James, born just a few months after Kareem’s record-breaking skyhook, has officially passed him to become the current All Time Scoring leader in NBA history.
This is a momentous occasion that deserves to be celebrated. After all, Kareem’s record stood for 39 years and LeBron achieved this feat in 150 fewer games and 3,738 fewer minutes. It’s a testament to LeBron’s skill and longevity that he’s been able to break this record and it’s a feat that we may not see again in our lifetimes.
To put things into perspective, the next closest active player to LeBron is Kevin Durant, one of the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA, with 26,684 points (and counting). James Harden and Steph Curry are far behind with 24,233 and 21,183 points respectively.
LeBron’s talent is undeniable and he’s also 4th all time in assists. He truly is one of one. But at the end of the day, the Lakers are in a dogfight with the Thunder and it would be funny to watch LeBron try and talk about this huge individual moment despite his team ultimately failing. The Thunder don’t give a damn, they’ll beat whoever, wherever.
Tonight, we witness a piece of history. Let’s take a second to appreciate the magnitude of what LeBron has achieved. It’s a moment that will go down in history and one that we won’t forget anytime soon.