Michael Jordan probably has respect and a certain level of admiration for LeBron, but at the end of the day, these two don't even play together and yet they still have to constantly compete because of the media.
During the next timeout, James went to the bench and buried his head in a towel, appearing to cry while a video tribute played on the scoreboard and he reflected upon the achievement of surpassing the icon he emulated.
Now, James trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643) on the all-time scoring chart.
James is unlikely to have the same success Abdul-Jabbar did in Los Angeles, where he won five of his six National Basketball Association titles with the Lakers, and he will need to go some way to catch the league's all-time leading point scorer, who amassed his mammoth total over 20 seasons as a professional.
"There are certain milestones that it's nice to take a moment and embrace and honour", Lakers coach Luke Walton said before the game.
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores to pass Michael Jordan and move to #4 on the NBA´s all-time scoring list- AFp
James, who finished with 31 points in the Lakers' 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets, came into the night 12 behind Jordan's career total of 32,292 points. "Knowing that moment was a few minutes ahead of him, I think that did something to him, nerve-wracking, that he doesn't feel normally at the start of a game".
He is averaging 27.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game this season. Since the injury, the Lakers have posted a record of 10-21.
James got emotional on the sideline after passing Jordan, but quickly had to get back to chipping away at a double-digit deficit.
LeBron is 34-years-old. He's been to eight-straight NBA Finals.
"I knew coming into this year that it would be different", James said after the Lakers' loss to the rival Clippers on Monday night.
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