LeBron James becomes the NBA’s All Time Leading Scorer.


Noah Norville

On February 7, 2022, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers surpassed Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar as the All-Time Leading Scorer of the NBA. The Lakers faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that was said to create history. Before the game, LeBron James was thirty-six points away from beating Kareem’s scoring record. Kareem Abdul Jabbar became the All-Time leader in scoring on April 5, 1984, which fellow Laker and Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain had previously held. During the closing seconds of the third quarter, LeBron James hit a one-legged shot over two opposing players to beat the record. The crowd erupted into cheers and praise, plus the game was stopped as LeBron celebrated with his family, teammates, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. In a heartwarming moment, Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, delivered a speech alongside Kareem and LeBron. As the address ended, Kareem passed LeBron the game ball as a symbol of “passing the torch,” and they embraced with a hug. 

To show how crazy this record is, out of the top twenty leading scorers in the NBA, only one player is still currently playing, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets. And so, history was made as LeBron James became the All-Time Leading Scorer in the NBA.