LeBron James on Saturday moved into third place on the all-time NBA scoring list.
He reached the milestone with a driving layup in the third quarter of the Lakers’ game against the Sixers, passing Bryant’s 33,643 career points.
James was congratulated by PA announcer Matt Cord for his achievement.
LeBron James is congratulated on moving into third place on the all-time scoring list: pic.twitter.com/eqlrbQE9zC— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) January 26, 2020
Both Bryant and James entered the NBA directly from high school.
Bryant was born in Philadelphia. He spent much of his childhood in Italy, where his father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, played professional basketball, before returning to the Philadelphia area and starring at Lower Merion High School.
James, the much-hyped No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, is one of the most decorated players in NBA history, with 16 All-Star selections, four MVP awards and three championships. He’s eighth all-time in assists and, at 35 years old, leads the league in assists this season.
"He's arguably the greatest player to ever play our sport," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said Saturday.
Brett Brown said Friday he wasn’t worried about James possibly overtaking Bryant against his team.
It’s not on my mind. I have been in the league long enough to see LeBron come in the league … and I’ve seen the evolution of him. I stand back and I am amazed at how good he is for how long he has been good for, the duration of his time in the NBA, how he handles himself with kids and the media — he doesn’t ever seem to feature with stuff going on at 2 in the morning and the next’s day front page.
“I think he’s class, and he’s a champion, and he’s incredibly important to our league. To feel at all the need to come in and if he scores whatever number you just said against [us] ... I don’t care. I want to beat the Lakers and it doesn’t enter my mind, that side of the equation of defending him or the Lakers.”
For James to become the top scorer in NBA history, he’ll still have to pass Karl Malone (36,928 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points).
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