Nor speak of the new defeat of the Lakers, this time against the Wizards, 127-119; of his grotesque balance of 30-41 that endangers his presence even in the play-in; that the Lakers They continue aimlessly and giving very sensations. No. Today it’s time to talk about LeBron James and his achievement in beating Karl Malone as the second best scorer of all time in the NBA. And that he already has in his sights Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and its more than 30 years leading this historical classification.
LeBron finished the game in the capital with 36,947 points in the regular season, 1,440 points from Abdul-Jabbar. At 37 years old, that figure could be an insurmountable barrier for 98% of players. But LeBron is in that privileged 2% that will allow him, with almost total probability, hunt down the pvot of the Lakers next season.
To see him at the top, we will have to wait. But in what he has surpassed him is in a classification that includes the three highest rankings in the NBA, points, rebounds and assists. LeBron is 2 in points, 7 in assists and 39 in rebounds, which adds up to a total of 48. Nobody, in history, would get a number as low as LeBron’s adding up the three classifications.
In fact, LeBron leaves the company of Abdul-Jabbar, who has 49 (1 in points, 3 in rebounds and 45 in assists). And it is clear that LeBron will do nothing but reduce that number as he continues to accumulate rebounds and assists and, of course, as soon as he is the leader in points.
LeBron’s achievement beating Karl Malone and, above all, the fact that nobody adds so little between the three great statistical classifications of the game, support the thesis of those who think that LeBron deserves the title of GOAT (Greatest Of All Time – the greatest of all time). In a hard fight with those who defend Michael Jordan ahead of the Lakers player, LeBron’s numbers begin to have no answer, except that Jordan played fewer seasons to do similar nonsense or the importance of the Bulls player in a more complicated time for the NBA.
In any case, GOAT or not, the LeBron thing, more than worthy of admiration, it is almost worthy of being studied in the faculties of any country. It is difficult to find examples like ‘The King’ not only in other sports, but in any field of life. In one of his worst seasons on a collective level, he remains firm to continue embracing history, to make it his own.