As if we needed to be reminded of the King's greatness
At 32 years-old, LeBron James is still breaking records
Love him. Hate him for all you want. Hate for his past decisions to leave and later on, return to Cleveland. But regardless of what you think about him, LeBron James deserves your respect not just as a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers but as a basketball fan in general.
Why? We haven't seen a basketball player this "great" since Kobe Bryant in his prime years and Michael Jordan during his championship winning years with the Chicago Bulls. While many people are putting Kobe Bryant over LeBron James owing to Kobe's 5 championships and LeBron's sorry 3-5 record in the Finals, we all know that His Majesty still has a lot of fuel left in his tank as his 15th season in the NBA gets going.
The defending Eastern Conference champions have undergone a heavy amount of retooling during the very busy offseason which saw the Cavs got Dwayne Wade, Isaiah Thomas, and yes, even Derrick Rose. While the deals that have landed these players have yet to pay off as evident by the Cavs' 4-5 standing after breaking a rare 4-game slide in the LeBron James era, one thing has been paying off for the Cavs: LeBron James and his numbers.
After enduring 4-game losing streak, losing 4 games to 4 relatively bad teams, the Cavs woke up against the Washington Wizards and pounded on the points and by the end of the night, one man stood the tallest: #23.
Aside from getting the Cavs back into their winning ways, LeBron James did tons of things and below are some of them:
- LeBron James tied Kyrie Irving's franchise record of 57 points for the most points scored in a game. Had he scored in the final 52 seconds of the game, he would have broken the record.
- He became the 7th player to score 29,000 career points.
- He also became the youngest player to reach 29,000 career points. And he's 32 years-old, folks.
- #23 just registered his highest-scoring game while on a Cavalier uniform. What about a 60-point game, 'Bron?
- His 57 points against the Wizards marked the 11th time in his career that he scored 50 points or more, tying Allen Iverson for 6th place for number of 50+ points games.
- The record for number of consecutive games when one has scored in double-figures is 866- still owned by Michael Jordan. After his latest offensive onslaught, LeBron James has scored in double figures for the 800th consecutive game. And he's not slowing down anytime soon.
- Before last night, Kobe Bryant stood as the only player who has been in the league for 15+ seasons to score 50 points. Not more. LeBron James joined the Black Mamba after scoring 57 points in his 15th season.
Regardless of the early struggles that have been bothering his team, LeBron James won't be stopped in breaking records. If anything, his 15 years in the league have all of us awed in his greatness- if that what you call it. And if anything, don't get surprised at all if, by the end of his career, LeBron James will have more championships than Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. Might.