NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “If LeBron James Can Keep Up His Consistency I’ll Gladly Be There To Congratulate Him if and When He Breaks the Scoring Record”

Published 01/11/2022, 10:04 PM EST
Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates the win over the Dallas Mavericks during overtime at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy Reuters


LeBron James is making history with his performances with the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite being 37, the King hasn’t slowed down one bit as he carries all the load. He hasn’t let age be a factor in reducing his productivity. And with his current rhythm he could well hold the title for most points in NBA history. Recently, the current leader, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, said he’ll be happy to congratulate James if he breaks his record.

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Kareem’s record has lasted for thirty years. The NBA Hall of Famer is one of the best big men to come around and his long career was nothing short of legendary. He became the oldest player to win finals MVP at 38. In his 20 year career, the center won 6 championships along with 6 league MVP’s.

Jan 4, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Sacramento Kings in the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

However, even though his crown is on the line, Kareem said he will gladly congratulate LeBron if gets the record.

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar will congratulate LeBron James if he breaks the scoring record

A former Laker, Kareem has shown his support for LA every step of the way. Moreover, when it comes to his record, the 6 time champion has been open to it being broken one day. Currently, the only player close to doing that is LeBron James. Hence, Kareem assured his teammate Magic Johnson that he will be there to congratulate LeBron when he breaks his record.

He said: “If he can keep up his consistency I’ll gladly be there to congratulate him if and when he breaks the scoring record.”

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Kareem scored a whopping 38,387 points through a 20 year span in the NBA. The big man averaged 24 points for his career and kept the consistency for the most part. At the moment, LeBron sits 723 points away from Karl Malone who is second on the list. With his run this season, inevitably, he will take that spot. However, can he pass Kareem?

The one parameter it will come down to will be consistency and Kareem rightly pointed out. LeBron will need to keep up a stable form if he is to get that record. With this season almost at its halfway point, James is going well averaging almost 29 points per game. Hence, if the King can keep this up even in the next season, there is a high chance LeBron will further his legacy by becoming the top scorer.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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