Westbrook and Melo react to LeBron James making NBA history
The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t escape the Nation’s Capital with a win, but LeBron James walked away with another great piece of NBA history.
The Lakers star has taken sole possession of second place on the list of all-time leading scorers, passing Karl Malone with this quick cut and edge finish:
Number 6 = number 2 👑
LeBron James has passed Karl Malone to become the second all-time scorer in NBA history 🙌🏻pic.twitter.com/1eaAhRzIFq
—ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 20, 2022
While the Lakers certainly showed frustration with another loss, their fourth in their last five games, LeBron’s teammates in Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony could still appreciate the accomplishment for what it was. A loss will be quickly forgotten the next game, but LeBron James’ place in history will never fade.
Via Spectrum Sportsnet:
“To be able to play the game at a high level for so many years and be able to embrace everything that comes its way is an incredible feat just to witness the whole thing and see it constantly continue to climb. the rungs,” Russell Westbrook told the Lakers’ postgame presser. “It’s pretty crazy to see so many points over so many years. It’s just a great achievement.
Russell Westbrook isn’t too shabby as a goalscorer in his own right. The Lakers point guard ranks 33rd on the all-time scoring list with 23,120 and is 58 points from passing Elgin Baylor, Dwyane Wade and Adrian Dantley to crack the top-30.
Carmelo Anthony has long been considered one of the NBA’s deadliest scorers. He also rose through the ranks, ranking ninth all-time with his total of 28,218. He also weighed in on King James’ historic bucket for second all-time in NBA history.
“I’m still impressed to be by his side as he still does what he does at a high level. Especially coming from someone who was not “known” for as we say “scorer”. Someone who is blessed with the all-time leading scorer in NBA history. Someone who has been doing it for 19 seasons at an all-time high. And someone who just embraced the moment. That’s what he’s done his whole career.
Melo is currently just a few hundred points behind Lakers icon Shaquille O’Neal for eighth place. If he only plays one more season, he is more than likely to overtake Shaq and he still has a few more years to play to join the ultra-exclusive 30,000 point club. Being in such rarefied air is not lost on the Lakers veteran, which makes LeBron James’ accomplishment all the more impressive for him.
“For him to overtake Karl Malone on this list, when I was younger I would look at the list and be like ‘nobody’s catching Karl Malone’ or ‘nobody’s catching Kareem’. But when you’re there in no time and you see it, you just have to take your hat off to LeBron for what he did,” the Lakers vet continued.
The season in a vacuum has been one to forget for the Los Angeles Lakers so far. But what LeBron James has done can only be called spectacular in his 19th season of action.