Lakers Fall to Sixers, but LeBron James Passes Kobe on NBA Scoring List
The final outcome wasn’t as the Los Angeles Lakers have hoped, but LeBron James was still able to reach yet another milestone in his legendary career.
Needing 18 points to eclipse Laker great Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, James accomplished the feat in the early goings of the third quarter. The historic accomplishment was met by standing applause from the Wells Fargo Center crowd in Philadelphia on a night in which the Lakers ultimately fell to the Sixers by a score of 108-91.
“It’s just too much. It’s too much. The story is too much,” James said of Bryant. “It doesn’t make sense. Just to make a long story short, now I’m here in a Lakers uniform, in Philadelphia, where he’s from. The first time I ever met him, gave me his shoes on All-Star Weekend. It’s surreal. It doesn’t make no sense, but the universe just puts things in your life. And I guess when you live in the right way, when you just give it everything to whatever you’re doing, things happen organically.
“And it’s not supposed to make sense, but it just happens. And I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers. The man has two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy.”
James surpassed Kobe’s career point total in 107 fewer games and will now shift his focus to Karl Malone who is just over 3,000 points away (36,928). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar occupies the top spot with 38,387 career points.
“To be linked with the greats, that means a lot to me,” James said Thursday. “Because I grew up idolizing Michael [Jordan] and idolizing Kobe, idolizing these guys, gaining inspiration from their craft, gaining inspiration from their stories, being a kid that I am from Akron, Ohio. So, that’s huge. Anytime I’m linked with the greats or I’m able to do something in my career where I’m mentioned with any of the greats, it’s a pretty cool thing.
“But as far as looking at the scoring, I don’t know. That doesn’t mean much to me. Just the overall point in my game is what means more to me. Me being an overall, all-around player. Being able to be successful on the floor and being able to contribute to the franchises that I’ve played for — the three franchises that I’ve played for so far in my career.”
If he wishes to continue his career, James can surpass Abdul-Jabbar within the next three seasons.