How Kareem Abdul-Jabbar feels about LeBron James breaking NBA scoring record


Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared his thoughts on LeBron James on Wednesday his An iconic NBA regular season scoring record, he writes honest, sometimes emotional essays about him. sub stack.

Abdul-Jabbar’s article says James narrowly became the new regular reasons scoring leader on Tuesday night when he surpassed Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 points late in the third quarter of the Lakers’ home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was published hours later. mark. Abdul-Jabbar’s record lasted over his 38 years.

Abdul-Jabbar, 75, praised James’ grit, saying, “It’s incredible to survive long enough to score so many points in the NBA when the average NBA career only lasts 4.5 years. It takes a lot of drive, dedication and talent.” , and he says he’s “thrilled” for the new record holder.

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LeBron James (R) hugs Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after setting the NBA regular season scoring record for the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 7, 2023 at Arena in Los Angeles, California.

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Abdul-Jabbar said: “Not just getting the ball through the net, but enough to stay healthy and climb steep mountains in increasingly thin oxygen in years when most other players have been tapped out. It’s also important to maintain good skills,” he added.

The game was paused after James sank a record-breaking basket, allowing Abdul-Jabbar to ceremoniously hand the basketball to James. “I am very humbled to be able to stand in front of such a great legend as Kareem,” he said.

“Give the captain a standing ovation,” he added.

In October, James told reporters, “No thought, no relation” As for Abdul-Jabbar. To which Abdul-Jabbar replied, “It hurts” with his work.

“LeBron said we had nothing to do. He’s right. I blame myself for that. Not what I did and probably didn’t try harder to reach out to him.” That’s what happened,” writes Abdul-Jabbar. He wasn’t “the talkative, reaching out kind of guy.”

Abdul-Jabbar also said the age gap between the two was one of the reasons they lost their bond, saying that he broke the NBA scoring record in 1984, the same year James, 38, was born. pointed out that it was

“That disconnect is on me. I knew the pressure he was under, so I could have eased it a little bit. But LeBron has Kobe Bryant’s friend and mentor.” Then I was Rafter’s empty jersey. Abdul Jabbar added.

“I couldn’t imagine why he would want to date someone twice his age,” he joked.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hands the ball to LeBron James, the all-time leading scorer in NBA history.

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During the pandemic, Abdul-Jabbar critical comment James said he should be “ashamed” of COVID-19. he later apologized.

Abdul-Jabbar writes: He is mature and well versed in holding grudges over trifles.

Ultimately, Abdul-Jabbar wrote that he was “happy” that James broke the record, and the “conclusion” was, “LeBron made me love the game again. We are proud to be part of an ever-expanding group.” An athlete who actively cares about his community. “


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