Kareem Abdul Jabbar Reveals His Honest Feelings About LeBron James Breaking His Record

Kareem Abdul Jabbar Reveals His Honest Feelings About LeBron James Breaking His Record

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:24 PM
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has given his thoughts about LeBron James passing his NBA record
  • The Lakers star is 89 points away from his record of 38,387 and will surpass it this month
  • The 75-year-old Lakers legend has held the record for most points in NBA history for nearly 40 years

LeBron James is on the cusp of history. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar will become the leading scorer in NBA history sometime in February 2023, adding it to his long list of accomplishments.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been NBA's all-time scorer since April 5, 1984, the year James was born, and throughout the years it was unimaginable that anyone would ever come close or surpass 38,387.

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LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the New York Knicks on January 31, 2023 at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE.
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Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant, two of NBA's greatest players of all time ran out of time. Injuries and normal wear and tear in sports forced them to retire. However, James's longevity coupled with incredible production will likely never be matched.

He's in his 20th season and is one of the best players in the league. His impressive performances have masked Lakers' problems this season. Still, becoming the league's all-time scorer is an incredible achievement.

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In 41 games this season, the four-time NBA champion is averaging 30.2 points per game, which is the 7th best in the NBA.

Abdul-Jabbar on James breaking record

The former Cleveland Cavaliers star recently revealed that he has no relationship with the Lakers icon. The 75-year-old revealed that he will celebrate when James passes him.

“When I broke Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring record in 1984 — the year LeBron was born — it bothered Wilt, who’d had a bit of a one-sided rivalry with me since I’d started doing so well in the NBA,” he added. “I don’t feel that way toward LeBron. Not only will I celebrate his accomplishment, I will sing his praises unequivocally.”

If James averages 29.7 points per game in his next three games, he'll break the record at home on February 7th against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN projections.

James is already the leading scorer in NBA history, including the players with 45,930 points. The four-time MVP has 38,299, just 89 points behind the NBA legend.

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NBA Legends during the NBA 75 Group Photo as part of the 2022 NBA All Star Weekend in 2022. Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE.
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Fans reaction to Abdul-Jabbar's remarks

James and Abdul-Jabbar have not had the best relationship, which was evident in the fans reactions.


"NBA should be wonderful to have these kind of great players. Records are meant to be broken and it all matter when and what time. Truly enchanting."


"I don’t know about that. Kareem been taking shots at LeBron."


"Kareem understands that this is more of a longevity award. This not the greatest scorer every award. Longevity has its value for sure."


"With the way folks are scoring, at will, these days, I doubt he will hold on to this for as long as Kareem did."


"I like Kareem but there's no need to pretend to like LeBron we all know how he really feels."

James on who will break his record

Sports Brief earlier reported on James naming a few players who could surpass his inevitable scoring record.

The Lakers star said Kevin Durant is the most likely player to outdo him because of his versatility on the court.

He also added that the likes of Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Irving have a chance if they stay healthy.

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Edwin Kiplagat
Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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