LeBron James, NBA Superstar and current member of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, sits 36 points away from beating the league’s all-time scoring record of 38,387 points, set by former Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“It’s still mind-boggling to myself”, he said, “I’ve said throughout my whole career I wanted to be Rookie of the year… MVP in this league…win championships…I’ve never said I wanted to lead the league in score or be all-time in scoring”.
LeBron, drafted into the NBA in 2003 by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, has been playing with a head full of steam in an attempt to carry the Lakers to a playoff berth and eventually a championship.
Seemingly, ‘father time’ has no effect on this talented player, who has been scoring a career-high 30 points per game this season, shooting 50% from the field. So far, his performance makes it feels like he is at the peak of his physical abilities.
In this regard, in a recent interview with ESPN, LeBron goes into detail about his physical fitness, describing the workload over his career as simply “being in the job description”.
“My job description is to do more and be productive at it. At this point I wouldn’t want it any other way”, he claims.
Many NBA stars have issues maintaining the same performance standards as they age, simply due to physical capabilities regressing, but not LeBron.
He argues: “I’m running past 21-year-olds, jumping higher than 23-year-olds, I feel real good […] How I’m playing the game, not only physically but mentally, I’m so much sharper than I was at year ten or even year 15”.
Abdul-Jabbar’s record, set in April of 1984, is one of the NBA’s most monumental distinctions. Throughout its existence, many talented players and scorers have come through, but none have been able to match the combination of skill and longevity presented by Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron.
Only time will tell if the baton will be passed from one legend to another. Luckily, basketball fans will not wait any longer for this as tonight, at 10:00 p.m. EST, Los Angeles Lakers play the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that could make history.
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