Twenty two years after his retirement Kareem Abdul-Jabbar still holds the NBA scoring record with 38,387 career points. The closest active player to the six-time NBA champion on the all-time scoring list is LeBron James who has 35,367 points under his belt and could pass Abdul-Jabbar in a couple of years if he remains healthy.James would have to pass Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone (36,928 career points) first.
According to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the records are meant to be broken. Therefore, he would celebrate LeBron passing him on the NBA’s all-time scoring leaders list. Bucks and Lakers great gave examples from running of records being broken in time.
Via Marc Stein:
“I’m excited to see it happen. I don’t see records as personal accomplishments, but more as human achievements. If one person can do something that’s never been done, that means we all have a shot at doing it. It’s a source of hope and inspiration. Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile back in 1954. Since then, not only have 1,400 runners beaten that time, but the new record is 17 seconds less. We all win when a record is broken and if LeBron breaks mine, I will be right there to cheer him on.”
This past season James scored a total of 1,126 points which was the lowest number in his career so far. The Lakers star played in just 45 games due an injury. For most of the seasons LeBron totalled between 1,500 and 2,200 points.