King Takes His Throne


Chase Smith, Reporter

Basketball Legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was the all time scoring leader for the National Basketball Association with 38,387 points for a long period of thirty-eight years. Prior to Abdul-Jabbar setting the record it was held by one of the most outstanding athletes of all time, Wilt Chamberlain. Abdul-Jabbar’s record was deemed unbreakable by many fans and people in the media. LeBron James who entered the 19th season of his career became a heavy threat to the record only being 1,326 points away from the title. “The only time I’ve kind of like thought about it is when someone, you know, been posting on social and it went through my scroll, through my feed, and I’ve seen it,” said James at Lakers media day. “And every single time I’m kind of in awe of it, like, wow.”

On Tuesday, February 7, the LA Lakers hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder. James entered the game 36 points away from the record and he wanted all 36 that night. The arena was sold out with countless celebrities, the James family, his high school team, and Abdul-Jabbar himself. With 10.9 seconds left in the third quarter James caught the ball at the elbow and made the most anticipated shot in almost forty years, and became the all time scoring leader of the NBA. The game was stopped and the league commissioner Adam Silver recognized James for his achievement. “Watching LeBron set the record was amazing!” said Freshman James Walker. “He is for sure the goat!”