LeBron James has surpassed Kobe Bryant to become the youngest NBA player ever to to score 30,000 career points after an average display against San Antonio spurs on Tuesday in the NBA
The 33-year-old American needed just eight points on Tuesday to surpass the previous record. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer but managed 28 as his side lost 114-102 to the San Antonio Spurs. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.
James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a well deserved standing ovation from Spurs fans.
A statement from NBA commissioner Adam Silver said “Congratulations to LeBron on reaching 30,000 points – yet another milestone in an extraordinary career that continues to inspire,”
The Cleveland Cavaliers forward tho doesn’t think of himself as a scorer, patted his beard and said “Thank you so much.”
“I’m joining elite company,” “When I walk into the 30,000-point club they’re going to look at me like, ‘What are you doing here?’ I ain’t supposed to be there.” James said via NBA.com
He went further saying “Just a special moment. I just started thinking about everything that my journey (has entailed) from being a kid that first picked up a basketball when I was five years old to first starting playing organized basketball when I was nine and all the way up until this point. I give a lot of thanks to a lot of people. It’s just a special moment.
“It’s something I never set out to do. I’m not even a score-first guy when it comes to playing basketball. I love getting my team-mates involved and seeing my team-mates be excited about scoring and me getting assists. For me to sit here and be the youngest player ever to reach 30,000.”
At 33 years and 24 days, James now becomes the youngest to reach the mark getting past Bryant who got there at the age of 34 and 104 days.
The coach of San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich, was also quick to shower praise on James saying “It’s an awesome achievement,” “but what else do you say about LeBron that we haven’t said many times before? He’s just a great, great competitor and a great player.”
LeBron James now joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the 30,000 list.
With how early it took James to achieve this mark, the nearest future could succor him surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who has the highest NBA point so far.
The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.