Lebron James, who grew up wanting to be a pass-first Magic Johnson, is approaching Michael Jordan territory. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar just needed to score 25 points to join the 30,000 club as of Jan. 18, 2018. He’s still about 3,000 points behind Jordan, but the gap is much closer when compared to the points James scored and the Lakers point guard’s own numbers.
Johnson, who retired scored 17,707 throughout his Hall of Fame career. To be fair, both Jordan and Johnson retired at the peak of their careers only to make a comeback several years later.
James said that despite the achievement, he will never see himself as a scorer.
“For me, if you know my career, I try to dominate in all facets — rebounding, assisting, defending, getting some blocked shots, chasing down and I’m going to sprinkle in some scoring as well,” he said.
The four-time MVP said that when people talk about him, they don’t really say scorer. As to the milestone where he joins the like of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Dirk Nowitzki, the 6-8 forward said he hasn’t really given it too much thought. All he knows is that he’s close.
“I don’t know where I am. I’m honestly telling you the truth,” he added. “This is not one that I’m losing sleep over to be honest. Like I told you, scoring has never been the end all, be all as a basketball player.”
The only active player in the 30,000-club is Nowitzki after Bryant retired in 2016. Nowitzki achieved the feat when he was already 38 years old. Bryant was the youngest player to join the elite club when he did it in December 2012 when he was 34 years old.
By Saturday, James would be the youngest player to reach that milestone at 33 years old.