Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James got another birthday greeting after he turned 38 on Friday. This time from the man he is chasing on the NBA’s all-time scoring list: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Abdul-Jabbar, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion, shouted out LeBron on Saturday morning.
Happy birthday, LeBron. 38 is the new 38,388.
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) December 31, 2022
The 38,388 he is referring to is the all-time points total, which would surpass Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387 points scored. Abdul-Jabbar played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Lakers from 1969-89. He set the all-time NBA scoring mark in April of 1984, some eight months before James was born.
James is 528 points behind Abdul-Jabbar’s record. According to ESPN’s projection, James will break the record in early February of 2023.
King James took another big chunk out of the point deficit on his birthday. He scored 47 points on Friday night in a 130-121 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
“The dude is nothing short of phenomenal, amazing,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said after the game. “But it’s something I expect. Like, it doesn’t blow me away. It’s just something I expect from him. It’s just like, ‘Damn! Carry on.'”
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