Karl Malone has ‘incredible respect’ for LeBron James
All-Star forward LeBron James is set to begin his first year with the Los Angeles Lakers after inking a four-year, $153 million deal in free agency earlier this month.
James is set to enter the later years of his career while still playing at an elite level with still no sign of decline in his game that would suggest he couldn’t lead the Lakers to a great amount of success.
According to Kyle Goon of The Salt Lake Tribune, Hall of Famer Karl Malone appears to hold that same belief, stating that the 33-year-old could be on pace to set numerous NBA records that could be untouchable.
James already holds numerous league records that include notable marks in the playoffs such points scored, field goals made, minutes played, free throws made, field goals attempts, and steals. He is also the only player with 31,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists in his career.
What Malone may be suggesting is that James has an opportunity to possibly become the all-time leading scorer as he currently sits at seventh all-time with 31,038 points that is still in the range of Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 38,387 points. He hasn’t shown any regression as he’s coming off a campaign where he led the league in total points scored at 2,215 while registering more than 1,700 total points in each of the last four years. Along those lines, he could set the all-time for most field goals made and attempts.
All of this hinges on James being able to maintain his high level of play through this next chapter of his career in Los Angeles, but if he does there could be many more NBA records to fall to him in the process.