On February 8, 2023, LeBron James made history when he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA's all-time scoring leader. The Los Angeles Lakers star achieved this feat with a fadeaway jumper late in the third quarter of the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
James needed fewer games than Abdul-Jabbar to hit the top of the scoring list – 1,410 to Abdul-Jabbar's 1,560. He is now on pace to widen the gap between himself and the legendary goggles-wearing center before the end of the 2022-23 season.
After Lebron scored the final shot, the game came to a complete halt to bring his family and the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on court. Once everything calmed down, James started his very emotional speech.
"I write 'The Man In The Arena' on my shoe every single night from Theodore Roosevelt," James said afterward.
"Tonight, I actually felt like I was sitting on top of the arena when that shot went in, and the roar from the crowd. I'm not sure if I would be able to feel that feeling again, unless it's a game-winning Finals shot"
"Everything just stopped. It gave me an opportunity to embrace it and look around and seeing my family, the fans, my friends. It was pretty cool. I probably can count on my hands how many times I have cried in 20 years, either in happiness or in defeat. So that moment was one of them when I kind of teared up a little bit. It was 'I can't believe what's going on' tears."
The 38-year-old has been a dominant force in basketball for over two decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. His ability to stay at peak performance for such an extended period of time is truly remarkable and will likely never be seen again in basketball.
This record is yet another testament to James' greatness and his place in basketball history as one of its greatest players ever.