Last night when the Los Angeles Lakers took on Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James broke the all-time NBA scoring record by scoring 38 points in the match, to take his total up to 38,390… all at the age of 38.
The Los Angeles Lakers actually lost the game 133-130 but that didn’t stop LeBron from netting a fadeaway jumper at the end of the third quarter and taking 10 minutes during the game to celebrate his achievement.
LeBron needed 36 points to break the record that was previously held by Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387 in 1989. Abdul initially broke the record in April 1984, eights months before LeBron was born.
75-year-old Abdul-Jabbar was in attendance, as was Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Floyd Mayweather, Denzel Washington and many more as an emotional James rose both his arms in celebration of his achievement.
Addul-Jabbar ceremoniously handed the ball over to LeBron after the game, in recognition of his new record.
Whether LeBron can be considered a worthy candidate to break the record surely isn’t even a question. Imagine this, it took Abdul-Jabbar 1,560 games over 20 years to set his total of 38,387 career points, while it took LeBron 1,410 games over 20 years to set the new record, and he’s still going.
Now that the new record has been set, it opens the question whether LeBron is the NBA Goat? Here’s how LeBron responded: “I’ll let everybody else decide who that is or just talk about it, but it’s great barbershop talk… Me personally, I’m going to take myself against anybody who’s ever played this game.”
At the age of 38, LeBron’s still averaging 30-points a game, but it’s getting to the point where we’re wondering how long can he go on for?