In just 14 years in the NBA, LeBron James has made quick work of climbing the all-time scoring list. On Thursday night in a 99-93 loss to the Chicago Bulls, he added another big name to his rearview mirror.
By scoring 26 points against the Bulls, LeBron now has a career total of 28,599 points, three more than Shaquille O'Neal, who put up 28,596 in his illustrious career.
However, what took Shaq 19 seasons to accomplish has only taken LeBron 14, signaling that the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar may be able to continue climbing up the all-time scoring list.
In a hilarious TNT segment following the game, Shaq, now an analyst for the network, reacted to hearing the news that LeBron had passed him on the scoring list. In the light-hearted segment, Shaq tears apart a TNT studio room after hearing that LeBron now has the seventh-most points in NBA history:
Considering that LeBron and Shaq were teammates with the Cavaliers during the 2009-10 season, there is nothing but love between the two superstars.
Though the Cavs lost on Thursday night, despite LeBron's 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, the star forward still expressed his respect for Shaq and understands what his accomplishment means.
LeBron gave Shaq a big shoutout in a postgame interview where he discussed how the big man changed the sport:
"That means absolutely nothing right now," he starts, before giving Shaq his proper due. "I've been healthy enough and have had some great teammates who have helped me get to that point. Shaq is an all-time great - the most dominant player ever to play this game. He redefined what the big man is all about. Much respect - he's like a big brother of mine and I'm extremely excited to see him get a statue outside the Staples Center."
The next target of LeBron's is Dallas Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who recently eclipsed the 30,000-point mark. LeBron was thrilled for Dirk when he got to the 30,000-point plateau earlier this year, but he'll likely pass the Mavs' legend next season.
From there, he'll need to pass Wilt Chamberlain (31,419 points), Michael Jordan (32,292), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) if he wants to be the league's all-time leading scorer.
Catching Bryant seems likely, as LeBron still has a few good years left in him, but scoring another 10,000 points to pass Abdul-Jabbar may be a bit of a stretch. However, counting out LeBron is never a good idea. He's gotten this far in only 14 years, so the sky is the limit for the three-time NBA champion.News Now - Sport News