NBA: Tomahawk dunk? Skyhook? LeBron has options for breaking record

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LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands for the national anthem before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on January 28, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

LOS ANGELES – LeBron James’s steady run to the top of the NBA’s all-time scorer list has been so long warranted that the greatest drama left is to see what kind of shot he will take to carve my name in the history books.

James needed 63 points to beat fellow Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387, and after Saturday’s road game in New Orleans, most expected ‘King James’ to get his job done. in Los Angeles on Tuesday or Thursday.

Playing into his 20th season, the 38-year-old is as dominant as ever and last month was named in a record 19th All-Star game, an achievement also held by Abdul-Jabbar.

But James’ skill with his shots has expanded over the years and he has the full arsenal to deliver a historic touch.

James told ESPN in a recent interview: “Throughout my career, I’ve gotten better in every aspect of my game.

“I’ve grown to the point where I can do what I want.”

When 18-year-old James entered the league as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first overall pick in 2003, sensational pitches were his calling card.

Tomahawks, windmills, reverse – James can rock the belt any number of ways, sending fans into a frenzy and opposing teams timeouts.

As a member of the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade’s electrifying shots from the laps became an important factor and helped pave the way to consecutive championships in 2012 and 2013.

If James is one point away from breaking the record and plunging into lane, the defender will have to quickly decide if he wants to go to the wrong side of the event poster or simply get out of the way.

While he never lost his ability to bully on his way to the belt, James has become a more confident mid-range and three-pointer over the years and his dynamic play has helped him get more titles with the Cavaliers in 2016 and the Lakers in 2020.

He might as well try something new.

Abdul-Jabbar overtook Wilt Chamberlain on the list with his autographed skyhook on April 5, 1984, and James may be preparing to pay his respects to the Hall of Famer.

James was seen practicing hard shots, something no player had mastered like Abdul-Jabbar, during the pre-match warm-up.

The sports world’s eyes will be on Los Angeles to see how precisely he reaches the top of the mountain but there’s one thing NBA fans can agree on – no one wants to see it damaged in a single shot. free throw.


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