LeBron James vows to keep playing after ‘surreal’ NBA scoring record

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after scoring to cross Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to develop into the NBA’s all-time main scorer, surpassing Abdul-Jabbar’s profession whole of 38,387 factors towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder at Crypto.com Area on February 07, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Photos/AFP

LeBron James mentioned Tuesday that he anticipated to increase his NBA profession by no less than two extra years as he basked within the “surreal” achievement of turning into the league’s all-time main factors scorer.

The 38-year-old Los Angeles Laker lastly passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the highest NBA scorer with a 38-point haul in his workforce’s 133-130 loss to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.

James completed the evening with 38,390 profession common season factors, three greater than Abdul-Jabbar’s tally of 38,387, a document that had stood since 1984.

The one query now could be how a lot James will improve his document tally earlier than he lastly calls time on his profession.

James mentioned after his record-breaking evening that he was in no temper to exit the stage simply but.

“I do know I can play a pair extra years,” James advised TNT tv. “The best way I’m feeling, the way in which my physique’s been reacting to me by way of this season.

“I do know I can play a pair extra years — it’s all about my thoughts. If my thoughts remains to be into it, if I’m nonetheless motivated to exit and attempt to compete for championships, I really feel like I can nonetheless try this.

“If my thoughts is sharp and I really feel motivated to organize myself each single day then I can proceed to play this sport.”

James, in the meantime, admitted he was nonetheless struggling to return to phrases with lastly eclipsing Abdul-Jabbar’s longstanding document.

“It’s so surreal,” he mentioned. “As a result of it’s one thing I by no means made a aim of mine or got down to do, so I’m simply blissful.

“Longevity, with the ability to be out on the ground for 3 a number of franchises, making an attempt to be the best I may be each single evening, and having nice teammates and coaches who allowed me to be me.

“I don’t know if it’s hit me. It hit me a bit of bit on the ground with my household after it occurred. However it hasn’t fairly sunk in but.

“To have the ability to play at this stage 20 years in, to be on the apex of my sport, it’s a reasonably surreal feeling.

“Hopefully I can proceed it, however on the finish of the day it’s simply been a pleasure to be on this league for 20 years.

“And for nevertheless lengthy I’m in a position to go, it’s been a hell of a journey.”

Requested by tv pundit and NBA nice Shaquille O’Neal whether or not Tuesday’s document meant he was now the best participant in NBA historical past, James replied: “I’ll let all people else determine who that’s.

“However it’s nice barber store discuss.”


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