John Salley does not think LeBron will break the scoring record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Salley doesn’t believe LeBron James will eclipse Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s mark and become the NBA’s all-time regular season scoring leader and he provided an insane theory as to why he believes that.
The former NBA player began recalling a story of a conversation he had with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson when discussing Kobe Bryant’s legendary 81-point performance that happened back in 2006. Salley said he asked Jackson why he pulled him out of the game and, according to him, Jackson said, “Some records need to stand.”
“I think they’re not gonna let him get it. … Think about it… I didn’t agree with something Phil Jackson said to me and then I got into my 50s and I got it. I said, ‘Phil. Kobe had 81. … No matter what you do, he was about to get 104.’ And he goes, ‘Well, some records need to stand.’ And I was like, ‘Wow.’ … I don’t think they would give it to him.”
LeBron is to the record and there is absolutely nothing anybody to do stop it unless a catastrophic injury were to happen.
The Kid from Akron is mere months away from replacing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Unfortunately, the two all-time greats do not have any type of relationship with each other, mainly because Kareem has taken several shots at LeBron over the years.
James is currently just 1,106 points away to break the 33-year-old record set by legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
At his career scoring average of 27.1 PPG, James would need 41 games to surpass the Lakers legend.