Lakers’ LeBron James admits it’s ‘surreal’ to break Kobe Bryant’s scoring record
The night may have ended in defeat for the Los Angeles Lakers as they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers. However, LeBron James had a solid performance that saw him climb up the all-time scoring list over Kobe Bryant.
The King finished with 29 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal against the Sixers. LeBron James did everything he could to bring the win to the Lakers, but his efforts eventually fell short. The fact that he eclipsed Kobe to take the third spot of the all-time scoring list was good-enough consolation for him.
Sports Illustrated’s Melissa Rohlin was present when LeBron James talked about the achievement he just made. He was understandably ecstatic at the idea that he’s taken over one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the league.
James on admiring Bryant as a kid and then passing him on scorers list, via ABC: "It's surreal. It doesn't make no sense. But the universe just puts things in your life, and when you're living the right way, and giving everything to what you're doing, things happen organically."
— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) January 26, 2020
LeBron James went into deeper detail about his admiration for Bryant, even talking about how the Black Mamba inspired him to play better:
“I went to ABCD camp and he came and talked to all of the kids who [were] there, and I happened to be one of the kids who [were] there. I remember one thing that he said, he was like, if you want to try and be great at it, or if you want to be one of the greats, you’ve got to put the work in. There’s no substitution to work.
I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the all-time greatest basketball players that ever played, one of the greatest all-time Lakers.”
James is putting on another incredible season, notching 25.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 10.8 assists on 49% shooting. With the way he’s played recently, it wouldn’t be surprising if he ended up closing in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record.