Jordan congratulates LeBron for overtaking him on all-time scoring list

Jordan congratulates LeBron for overtaking him on all-time scoring list

Jordan congratulates LeBron for overtaking him on all-time scoring list

The argument that LeBron James is the best National Basketball Association player of all time continues to gain weight as the LA Lakers forward has now overtaken Michael Jordan's scoring record.

Sitting courtside with his family including his son, 2 Chainz was ecstatic to watch the magic happen but it's what he did afterward that's got people talking.

What it didn't do was convince a couple of James' former teammates that LeBron is anything but a "ball hog".

Assuming he maintains his point production, LeBron James can become the NBA's new all-time scoring leader in the next 3 or 4 years.

After the game, James said Jordan was his inspiration growing up.

Jordan averaged 30.1 points in 1,072 games with Chicago and Washington. James now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643). These men and women work day in and day out to be able to have one shot at achieving a successful career, and will stop at nothing to be the best and crush their competition.

"That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up", James told ESPN, referring to the Lakers coach as well as, most likely, everyone from general manager Rob Pelinka, to president Magic Johnson, to governor Jeanie Buss. Furthermore, it's unlikely that the four-time MVP will play in any more back-to-back games down the stretch. He would have hit this milestone earlier in the winter, but a midseason groin injury on Christmas sidelined him for 17 games over five weeks - the longest injury absence of his career.

James's personal streak of eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances is in jeopardy, in addition to his run of 13 straight postseason appearances.

The Lakers are falling apart, and after another ugly loss at home on Wednesday night, the organization might want to start embracing the idea of tanking for Zion Williamson. "Throughout it all, keep your head high, and you keep pushing forward".

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