LeBron James is one of the most sensational players on both sides of the court. His persistent offensive efforts and strong backing in the defense have made him one of the best all-around players in the league. Despite being 37 years old, James had a sensational last season scoring 30.3 points per game with 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
The four-time NBA champ came close to winning the scoring title and surpassed Karl Malone to become the second-highest scorer in NBA history. King James just has to surpass Kareem Abdul Jabbar to become the highest scorer in league history. The 18-time All-Star has scored 37,062 points throughout his 19-season-long career. Meanwhile, Jabbar scored a total of 38,387 career points, the highest by any individual player ever in the NBA. Thus, LeBron James has a 1325 points deficit which he is likely to cover up during the 2022-23 season.
Recently, Kareem talked about LeBron James potentially breaking his longstanding record. The six-time NBA champ revealed that he would be happy for the Lakers forward. LeBron and Kareem have not been the best of buddies and have fired shots at each other on several occasions. However, Jabbar reckoned that if LeBron breaks his record, which seems to be inevitable, he would be very happy for him. The 19-time NBA All-Star suggested that the game improves when records like this are broken. He added, “So LeBron should enjoy his achievement. He worked very hard to get this far. It’s about passing it on to the next guy in line.”
Can LeBron James Turn Things Around For The Lakers Next Season?
LeBron James has a great chance of breaking the record next season if he stays healthy. When James breaks Kareem’s record, it will mark one of the greatest NBA moments in the modern era. Such records are broken once in a lifetime, and King James has proved it by his unprecedented consistency and longevity.
James showed last season that he is still not done. He had one of the best seasons in terms of scoring. However, the Lakers stumbled badly to a 33-49 record, finishing 11th seed. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel was fired moments after the end of the regular season, and Darvin Ham was given the responsibility. Thus, if LeBron James is getting the support of a healthy Anthony Davis and a consistent Russell Westbrook with Ham’s defense-first mentality, the Lakers could emerge out of the tough situation and return to championship contention next season.