Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the NBA’s 75 Greatest Players, a Hall-of-Famer who is often listed among the top ten players of all-time, if not the top five.
Known previously as Lew Alcindor, Abdul-Jabbar is famous for the skyhook, a nearly unstoppable shot that is rarely taken in today’s day and age.
Abdul-Jabbar currently sits at number one on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 38,387 points, but current Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is expected to pass him some time in the first week of February.
Kareem recently spoke on what appears to be the inevitability of being passed by ‘The King,’ as quoted by the NBA on TNT Twitter account.
Kareem had a surprising take on the likely, forthcoming festivities and passing of the torch, as he reportedly said he is “excited and relieved.”
Kareem on LeBron James:
"I've been carrying the torch as record holder for 38 years. I'm excited and relieved to pass it along to the next worthy recipient. LeBron earned it and I hope he carries it even longer than I did."
(via @NBAonTNT) pic.twitter.com/HEQXFpGnSX
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Does Any Active NBA Player Have a Chance to Pass LeBron James?
As mentioned earlier, James has over 38,000 points and is a near shoe-in to break Abdul-Jabbar’s record.
The closest player to James in terms of scoring and age is Carmelo Anthony, who is ninth on the NBA’s all-time list, still over 10,000 points behind James and Abdul-Jabbar.
Anthony is a free agent, but is unlikely to play big minutes in the NBA consistently again.
Kevin Durant currently sits at 26,684 points. His career scoring average is 27.3 points, .1 points higher than James.
Stephen Curry is the next notable big name who is still playing, ranked 39th all-time in scoring, and DeMar DeRozan is right behind him at number 40.
The bet here is that Kareem will get his wish on this one — James will carry the torch for a long, long time, assuming he ends up passing Abdul-Jabbar as expected.
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