LeBron James is one of the greatest players to have ever played the sport of basketball. Over the course of his career, LeBron James has achieved many statistical feats.
A feat that LeBron James could potentially accomplish before his career ends is passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the all-time scoring leader. LeBron James has already passed Karl Malone for second place in all-time scoring rankings a few weeks back.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was recently asked about LeBron James eventually passing him as the top all-time regular-season scorer. Abdul-Jabbar claimed that "it's about time", and added that LeBron James "deserves it".
I think its about time. I'm not gonna get jealous of LeBron, he deserves it.
LeBron James has made a name for himself as a pass-first superstar, and he is known for being able to put role players in positions to succeed. When we think of LeBron James, we don't necessarily think of him as a scorer. With that being said, LeBron James' scoring has been key for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. He is currently the scoring leader in the NBA. Notably, in 2010, LeBron James stated that he could win the scoring title every year if he "really wanted to", and we are seeing that he is in fact capable of doing that, even in year 19.
“If I really wanted to, if I really wanted to win the scoring title, I could win it every single year,” he said. “Every single year, I could really do it. But it doesn’t matter to me.”
There is no doubt that LeBron James passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the record will be a big moment for him. LeBron James' longevity is unprecedented, and getting that record would be a result of all the work he has put in over the course of his career.
Some already consider LeBron James the greatest player of all time, and adding the scoring record to his resume would further improve his case for the GOAT title. Hopefully, we see that happen sooner rather than later.