LeBron James may not be able to win another championship ring this year, but nobody can stop him from making and breaking records every time he steps on the court. Clearly, he is an unstoppable force of nature. Especially this year has been a little too special for him in terms of individual accomplishments are concerned.
The Lakers’ ace broke the unthinkable record of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar that stayed intact for 38 years. The Captain broke Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time scoring record in 1984. Apparently, LeBron James was born in December of the same year. And nothing has not stopped after becoming the all-time scoring leader. This season saw King James breaking a record or other in almost every game of the regular season as well as playoffs. And last night was nothing new. In Game 5 against the Denver Nuggets, James reached record 8,000 career points in NBA playoffs.
LeBron James First To Reach 8,000 Playoff Points
At 38, playing for the same franchise, LeBron James surpassed the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for NBA most points. The NBA community was able to celebrate a new scoring leader after 38 years. James has also made a name for himself among the top five assists of all-time as well. He currently stands in the fourth position. However, it has been a while since the 4-time All-Star surpassed Michael Jordan as the top scorer in playoffs. The legend of the Chicago Bulls stands in the second position at present with 5,987 points. However, in his 20th NBA season, LeBron James has accomplished yet another milestone. He is the first player to reach 8,000 career points in NBA playoffs.
Not only that, LeBron James is very close to becoming the first NBA player to reach 40,000 career points. And if he stays healthy, the Lakers’ star can play for a few more years, as his longevity is a big plus point. Hence, it is not impossible to achieve the pinnacle. Of all people, James can surely do that. However, it is not yet sure if the humiliating loss to Denver Nuggets may have changed his plans for the future. King James, in the post-game interview last night, mentioned something along the lines of “I’m not sure. I’ll have to think about the game of basketball and how far I would like to go.” At 38, LeBron James had been trying to his utmost abilities to help the Los Angeles Lakers win the coveted 18th title. Hence, it must have been humiliating to lose the series 0-4 even though it is to the top seed of the Western Conference.
Will James’ Body Support Him To Reach 40,000 Career Points In NBA?
Evidently, LeBron James’ body has not been very supportive of his desire to win the fifth championship ring of his career. This season saw him suffer from a bad tendon injury that kept him out of the lineup for almost a month. Later when he came back, it was evident that he was not totally healthy. The Lakers’ ace may even have to undergo surgery on his right foot.
The Lakers had a tough start to the season as they lost ten games in the first twelve. Nobody gave them a chance that they can pull things off. But LeBron James and Anthony Davis had other plans. They did not have any intention to bow out of the competition in the regular season. Moreover, they helped the squad to reach the conference finals. Hence, the fans, the players, and the coaching staff, along with the front office, must be proud of their team.