Has the New G.O.A.T. Arrived? by Luka M.W.
Do you watch sports? Basketball perhaps? Whether you watch it or not, you should know that Lebron James has broken a record that was once thought to be unbreakable and
inconceivable. According to PBS NewsHour, “With a stepback jump shot with 10.9 seconds left in the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder on [February 7th], James pushed his career total to 38,388 points and broke the record that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar held for nearly four decades.”
Abdul-Jabbar had held the record since 1984, the same year Lebron was born. Abdul Jabbar was sitting courtside at the game, where some tickets were going in the six-figure range.
During an appearance on the Jennifer Hudson Show, the previous record holder reflected on Lebron breaking his record, saying, “Lebron has earned it. He’s worked hard for 20 years. More power to him.” Abdul-Jabbar continued, “I didn’t really play to deal with records; I wanted to lead my team to the championship. I was fortunate enough to be on the winning team six times, and I was MVP twice. I’m satisfied with that. You can’t have everything for too long. Records were made to be broken. More power to Lebron. I hope he enjoys it and does all that he wants to during his career and after his career.”
FoxSports reports that “LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 38,387 career points to move into the No. 1 spot on the NBA's all-time scoring list.” Kareem Abdul played basketball on the Los Angeles Lakers and retired in 1989 at the age of 42. Now, Lebron James currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and is 38 years old.
In an interview with ABC news, Lebron James comments, “I wanted to be an All-Star, I wanted to win championships.”
“With 10.9 seconds left in the third quarter, James sank a fadeaway jumper from the left elbow -- scoring his 36th point of the game and 38,388th of his career. He stretched his arms in celebration as the supercharged crowd at Los Angeles' Crypto.com Arena went into a frenzy,” says CNN.
Now that the all-time scoring record has been broken, do you think that Lebron James is officially the greatest of all time?