This Day In Sports History (April 4th) — Wayne Gretzky
This Day In Sports History (April 5th) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
It was on this day in 1984 that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record for total career regular season points. Kareem would score his 31,420th point by hitting one of his trademark sky-hooks in a 129-115 victory over the Jazz during a game played in Las Vegas.
Chamberlain’s record stood for over 18 years, as he initially broke the record that was held by Bob Pettit, in 1964. Now Abdul-Jabbar’s total has lasted a remarkable 26 years. Kareem would finish his career with 38,387 regular season points. Although his record is safe for a few more years, there is a chance it can be broken within the next decade.
At the age of 34, Kobe Bryant currently sits in fourth with 31,457 career points, while in 2008, LeBron James became the youngest player to reach 10,000 points, doing so at the age of 23 (23 years, 59 days, to be exact). He currently sits at 20,982 career NBA points at the age of 28, so don’t be surprised if both he and Kobe someday surpass Kareem’s career point total.
Here is a clip of Kareem breaking the record.
Ike Hilliard, NFL – Born April 5th 1976 (age 37) in Patterson, Louisiana
Stephen Jackson, NBA – Born April 5th 1978 (age 35) in Port Arthur, Texas
Matt Bonner, NBA – Born April 5th 1980 (age 33) in Concord, New Hampshire