Next season, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is set to make NBA history when he finally breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record. It’s no longer a matter of if, but it’s now become a matter of when.
For their part, the Lakers are hoping to make the most out of that occasion. As a matter of fact, NBA insider Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times says that the organization hopes to have a similar reception to that of the late, great Kobe Bryant’s retirement game:
“They’re hoping for a Kobe-like retirement game when LeBron breaks Kareem’s record next year,” Plaschke said on a recent appearance on The Doug Gottlieb Show (h/t Brad Sullivan of Lakers Daily). “They’re hoping that LeBron can carry his star power for two more years. They want to make LeBron happy, and they’re gonna do whatever it takes to make him happy.”
It was a full spectacle when Kobe played his last game before his retirement. The stars came out to witness history unfold and the Lakers are hoping for more of the same when LeBron James hits 38,388 points next season to beat Kareem’s mark. The King will enter the 2022-23 season 1,325 points behind the Lakers icon.
It is worth noting, though, that Bryant dropped 60 points in his final game to the delight of the adoring home crowd. The Lakers are probably hoping for something similar from LeBron when he becomes the all-time leading scorer next season.