What they say about how time flies is no joke. Michael Jordan, arguably the GOAT of basketball, retired from the game 16 years ago. That same year, this kid from Akron, OH., named LeBron James was selected first in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. On March 6, 2019, James passed Jordan on the all-time scoring list, making him 4th on the list. Jordan had 32,292 career points and James has 32,311 and counting (since this article posted). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is in first place with 38,387. James broke down in tears once he realized he had done it, as he acknowledges MJ as one of his role models. King James was also wearing a pair of shoes that said “Thank You M.J. 23” at the time of his accomplishment, which is also the jersey number James wears. He has said previously that his number choice was because of Jordan.
Although this is a great milestone for James, the Lakers are in jeopardy of not making the playoffs after they lost again to the Nuggets. This would be the first time in 14 years that LeBron wouldn’t be in the playoffs, and it’d break his seven straight finals appearances.
Regardless, this is a pretty big and great moment for all of sports, as we are witnessing greatness in the making and a once in a generation player like James. As much as some dislike him for one reason or another, we all know he will be missed both on and off the basketball court for all his great accomplishments and his great community work when he decides to retire. He is an icon for the NBA and the game of basketball itself, as well as for sports in general, and that’s not something you find every day.