LeBron James said on Tuesday it was only “a matter of time” before he overtook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the greatest goalscorer in NBA history after moving closer to an NBA record. ancient.
James’ 28-point double in Los Angeles Lakers win over New York Knicks that means the 38-year-old superstar only needs 89 more points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 mark.
With his current scoring rate, James has his sights set on overtaking Abdul-Jabbar next Tuesday when the Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder.
LeBron tonight at the Lakers W:
👑 10 REB
👑 4th all-time in assists
👑 First player ever to have a triple double in season 20
89 points into the all-time scoring record. pic.twitter.com/urkL55I9YI
– NBA (@NBA) February 1, 2023
Still, James said Tuesday that the prospect of making NBA history doesn’t weigh heavily on him as his fateful day draws closer.
James told reporters: “No, it’s not getting heavier, because I’m going to do it.
“I mean, it’s only a matter of time before I do it.
“I’m not going anywhere – I’ll be in this league for at least a few more years, so I’ll do it.
“It’s not heavy at all.”
James, meanwhile, said he hasn’t allowed himself to be distracted from chasing the scoring record as he focuses on helping the Lakers try to rise above the Western Conference rankings.
“I didn’t get to this point in my career thinking about the records or the points I’ve got,” James said.
“I just try to play the right way. I approach the game every night by trying to be a triple threat — scoring, counter-attacking and assisting. So let the chips fall where they can.
“I think maybe when I get close to super scam (record) it might be in the back or front of my mind.
“But I don’t put that pressure on myself. I just go out and play.”
However, James has allowed himself some time to boast about Tuesday seeing him overtake Steve Nash and Mark Jackson to move up to fourth in the all-time NBA standings. great number of career assists.
“Surprise. Because that’s what I love to do – get my guys involved. Trying to get the ball on time and on target throughout my career,” James said.
“Anytime you’re associated with great people, that’s an incredibly wonderful thing.”
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