LeBron James overtakes Michael Jordan's points total

LeBron James overtakes Michael Jordan's points total

LeBron James overtakes Michael Jordan's points total

James got emotional on the sideline after passing Jordan, but quickly had to get back to chipping away at a double-digit deficit.

Per Haynes, a conversation was held between James, his trainer and the Lakers front office, and it was determined James would be placed on restriction.

A few days earlier, James appeared in his 15th All-Star Game.

James is unlikely to have the same success Abdul-Jabbar did in Los Angeles, where he won five of his six National Basketball Association titles with the Lakers, and he will need to go some way to catch the league's all-time leading point scorer, who amassed his mammoth total over 20 seasons as a professional.

Of those, Malone is the only one who did not spend the bulk of his career with the Lakers.

"To see where he is now is remarkable", said Denver coach Michael Malone, an assistant coach with the Cavs from 2005-10. These men and women work day in and day out to be able to have one shot at achieving a successful career, and will stop at nothing to be the best and crush their competition.

But if his point production takes a dip in that crucial four-year stretch, perhaps due to age and team construction, James could still notch the milestone should he decide to play longer.

Following Wednesday night's defeat to the Nuggets, the Lakers dropped to 30-35 and fell six games behind the eighth-place Clippers with 17 games remaining.

James has played in the last eight consecutive NBA Finals, and he hasn't missed the playoffs since 2004-05, his second NBA season. The Lakers aren't going to the playoffs this season and might as well start thinking about next season.

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