Hornets owner Michael Jordan issues brief statement on LeBron James passing him on the NBA's all-time scoring list: "I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his unbelievable career".
James passed sports legend Michael Jordan in all-time scoring during the Lakers game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night and 2 Chainz was courtside as the Staples Center crowd saluted their hero.
The Lakers' star scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the game bringing his career tally up to 32,311. He went into the matchup needing just 13 points to make more history in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron James, however, praised Walton for being consistent in what has become a season that is rapidly circling the drain for Los Angeles.
"It was very emotional", James said. "We want to make sure we're not only playing at our best come the end of the season but that he's fresh".
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James got emotional on the sideline after passing Jordan , but quickly had to get back to chipping away at a double-digit deficit. He is averaging 27.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game this season.
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It happened late on the West Coast, but it was still historic. The Lakers (30-34) have faded ever since James was injured, going 10-20 and falling to the fringe of the playoff race even after his return.
After James barrelled to the basket and hit a layup while being fouled for his milestone points, the Staples Center crowd gave a rousing ovation to the superstar who joined the Lakers last summer after 15 National Basketball Association seasons spent with Cleveland and Miami.
James has played in the last eight consecutive NBA Finals, and he hasn't missed the playoffs since 2004-05, his second NBA season.
The Los Angeles Lakers have no plans to sign free agent Carmelo Anthony at this time. "I don't know why it's a big deal now".