Why LeBron James Longevity Is Unmatched According to Former Teammate

Why LeBron James Longevity Is Unmatched According to Former Teammate

Edwin Kiplagat
  • LeBron James's ex-teammate Kykle Korver has said the Lakers star's commitment is unmatched.
  • James is on the verge of becoming the NBA's all-time scorer
  • He is 36 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has held the record for nearly 40 years

LeBron James has played 1,409 games in his NBA career. He is playing in his 20th NBA season; at 38 years old he's never looked better. He is on the brink of becoming the NBA's all-time leading scorer, a testament to his unmatched longevity and consistency.

He is 36 points away from breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record that has stood for nearly 40 years. In the 2022/23 season, the Lakers star is averaging 30 points after playing 43 games.

His former teammate Kyle Korver said James is the king of the grind.

LeBron James, Kyle Korver, NBA, Lakers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the game. Photo by Tyler Ross/NBAE.
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In 20 NBA seasons, where he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and the Lakers, James averaged at least 25 points in 19 seasons. Very few players in the league's history have been able to stay at the top of the game as he has.

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When he passes Abdul-Jabbar, the four-time NBA champion will go down as one of the best sportsmen of all time, not just in North America but globally. Although Michael Jordan is considered the best NBA player of all-time by acclamation, James is not that far from that status.

Kyle Korver on James

Korver, James former teammate at the Cleveland Cavaliers and current Assistant General Manager for the Atlanta Hawks said James's durability is unbelievable, per USA Today.

"The thing that’s most impressive is his ability to do it all again the next day – not just playing the games but doing the work to play games."

James reportedly spends $1.5 million annually on his body, mostly on personal trainers, nutritionists and massage therapists.

"It’s just monotonous work to do all the little bits of self-care that add up. It’s putting the time in. He has genetics and a body that is just different. He’s been blessed physically in ways that are very unique. But he still does all the work. You have to have both to play as long as he has at the level he has. His commitment to his craft and commitment to his body is everything.".

James is on the brink of history. Even he admitted that since making his debut for the Cavaliers on October 29, 2003, he never set to become the league's leading scorer, calling himself a pass-first player.

He has currently scored 38,352 points in his NBA career. When he passes Abdul-Jabbar, it will probably take another four decades for it to be broken again.

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. Durant is currently 15th on the all-time scoring list and may climb up before he retires.

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