Kareem on possibility of LeBron passing him on scoring list: ‘I’m excited to see it happen’
LeBron James enters this season 3,020 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to take over as the NBA’s All-Time scoring leader. At his current scoring rate, LeBron is about two fully healthy seasons away from taking over that crown.
Unlike some “get off my lawn” older players, Abdul-Jabbar has a healthy attitude about today’s game, and the possibility that his most seemingly unbreakable record could be broken. Abdul-Jabbar spoke to Marc Stein for his “how have you not subscribed yet?” substack newsletter.
There is no official reporting on how much money Abdul-Jabbar earned over his career, but his top salaries were close to today’s veteran minimum. Some older players get a little salty because of the freedom of player movement and money today’s players enjoy. But, once again, Abdul-Jabbar has a healthy attitude.
Stein and KAJ also talk about the skyhook, the GOAT debate (which Abdul-Jabbar absolutely should be in the middle of), writing, and much more. Abdul-Jabbar has seen so much and grown into a wise sage on a lot of issues. He’s a fascinating read/listen, regardless of the topic.
Abdul-Jabbar has his own substack newsletter, which will be worth checking out.