Basketball star, LeBron James has become the NBA’s all-time points record holder.
This, after surpassing NBA legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s total of 38,387, 20 seasons on, from his debut.
The points came on Tuesday night, 8th February 8 for the LA Lakers against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 130-133 defeat where he put up 38.
James, 38, pushed his career total to 38,388 points and broke the record that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar held for almost four decades with a step back jump shot with 10.9 seconds left in the third quarter.
The star had been nursing a sore ankle in the run-up to the game, an injury that he manages day to day. However he played through the pain and pulled off a historic feat at the Crypto.com Arena.
Surrounded by cameras, James addressed the crowd in the late third quarter as he surpassed the record, emotionally stating:
“I thank you guys so much for allowing me to be a part of something I’ve always dreamed about”.
James then greeted Kareem who had been watching from courtside, he presented LeBron with the basketball, as a sign of passing on the torch and thus extending his legacy:
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement regarding James passing Abdul-Jabbar’s to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer;
“congratulations to LeBron on breaking one of the most hallowed records in all of sport…it’s a towering achievement that speaks to his sustained excellence over 20 seasons in the league”.
“To the NBA, to Adam Silver, to the late, great David Stern, I thank you guys so much for allowing me to be a part of something I’ve always dreamed about”.
He went on to say
“Man, everybody that’s been a part of this run with me these last 20+ years. I just wanna say thank you so much because I wouldn’t be me without y’all”..