Serious question: does LeBron James age? If your answer to that is yes, then we have a follow-up question. And it’s this: when does that whole process start then?
Wednesday night, the king was at it again in LA’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Not only did the Lakers win their fourth in a (126-117), but they also put an end to Portland’s four-game winning streak. And they did so in large part due to LeBron’s notable performance. On the evening, he put up 44 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three blocks. He shot 13-of-19 from the field. And, he moved into fifth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list — passing Wilt Chamberlain.
Up next? Michael Jordan.
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“When I’m able to do what I love to do and do it at this level, and even be mentioned with the greats that have ever played this game, it just always brings me back to my hometown of Akron and knowing where I come from, knowing how hard it was to get to this point and just never being in satisfied mode,” James told reporters after the game.
This season, LeBron is averaging 27.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.5 steals in his first year with the Lakers. Meanwhile, the Lake Show have won four in a row and are now 8-6 on the season. As things stand, that’s good for seventh out West. Up next, James and the Lakers travel to Orlando to take on the Magic Saturday night.
Through 14 games, LeBron has 387 points. Last season, he led the league in scoring (2,251). He needs just 873 more points to pass Jordan, so health permitting that’ll happen this season. That puts the king at 1,260 points for the season. After that he’d need 1,351 more points to pass Kobe Bryant, so health permitting…that’ll happen next season.
And then things get really fun.