LeBron “King” James, Los Angeles Lakers forward became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer surpassing the record that six-time NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had held for 39 years. He breaks the record in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
King James who needed 36 points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387, scored his 36th point of the game and 38,388h of his career and break the record of the Lakers’ own Abdul-Jabbar.
Lakers great Abdul-Jabbar sat courtside at the game. Abdul-Jabbar who took the title from Wilt Chamberlain with his signature skyhook on April 5, 1984.
The play was stopped by the officials for a few minutes to recognize the achievement of LeBron James and honor him on the court in front of his mother, wife, and children who embraced him.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver congratulated him. Abdul-Jabbar handed him a game ball at center court.
I just want to say thank you to the Laker faithful, you guys are one of a kind. To be able to be in the presence of such a legend as Kareem is unbelievable, it’s very humbling. Please give a standing ovation to ‘The Captain.’”
LeBron James in a speech