Another day, another mind-blowing LeBron James stat. Continuing to produce at an MVP level in his 20th season, James’ longevity is almost comical in its absurdity, spreading his greatness to new, unexplored corners of the league record books. Needing just 89 points to eclipse Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring mark, James reached another milestone Tuesday night, passing Steve Nash for fourth in career assists (10,338), trailing only John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Chris Paul for the most in NBA history.
You may have seen this recent encounter between James and Rockets rookie Jabari Smith, who reminded the Lakers veteran that his father, Jabari Sr., played against him in his NBA debut in 2003.
Including Rick and Jalen Brunson, the latter opposing James Tuesday night, LeBron has now faced eight father/son tandems in his career, a testament to the 38-year-old’s impressive staying power spanning multiple generations.
Time really is a flat circle, or at least it feels that way with James refusing to acknowledge his basketball mortality, staying relevant well into his late 30s. Even the great ones have an expiration date, though maybe not James, whose 30.2 points per game this year are the most ever by a player over 35. James certainly didn’t act his age Saturday night, going full toddler with an epic tantrum against the Celtics after officials missed a foul that would have sent him to the line with a chance to win the game. Days later, James still wasn’t over it, referencing the blown call again in his post-game comments Tuesday night.
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