Monday night marked a record-breaking performance for LeBron James, but not all milestones were cause for celebration as the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Philadelphia 76ers.
In a game that saw the Lakers suffer a 138-94 defeat, LeBron James, already a basketball icon, added another feather to his cap by becoming the NBA’s all-time leader in minutes played. Surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s longstanding record, James now boasts an impressive 66,319 regular season and playoff minutes, edging past Abdul-Jabbar’s 66,297.
However, this historic achievement was juxtaposed with a less favorable statistic for James. The 44-point loss to the 76ers marked the most lopsided defeat in his illustrious career, showcasing the unpredictable nature of professional sports.
This is not the first time LeBron has etched his name in the record books. Back in February, he surpassed Abdul-Jabbar’s record for the most career points, a milestone Abdul-Jabbar achieved with 38,387 points over 1,790 games. LeBron, currently at 1,720 games, continues to climb the ladder.
While Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for total games played, with 1,795 regular season and postseason games, LeBron James is the undisputed leader in postseason appearances, having played 282 games. As the Lakers gear up for a potential deep playoff run, James could inch closer to Robert Parish’s record of 1,795 games played by the postseason’s conclusion.
LeBron James, now in his 21st NBA season, entered the league straight out of high school in 2003. Despite the wear and tear that comes with two decades of professional basketball, James remains a top scorer, averaging 25 points per game in the current season.
As speculation about James’ future with the Lakers looms with his contract set to end this season, a player option could potentially see him donning the purple and gold for another season. Over the weekend, James also took a moment to give back to his community, opening the LeBron James Home Court Museum in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, showcasing his deep connection to the sport and its impact on his life.