Lakers star LeBron James reacts to eclipsing Wilt Chamberlain with historic milestone
Thursday was just another day at the office for LeBron James, with the the Los Angeles Lakers superstar casually dropping a triple-double against the Denver Nuggets. James exited the game with a tally of 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. He shot an efficient 63.2% from the field.
This performance also represented a career milestone for LeBron, as he has now passed the great Wilt Chamberlain in field goals made. The King is now third all-time on the list. He also tied Jason Kidd for the most triple-doubles after turning 35 years old.
In a postgame interview, the Lakers star acknowledged passing Wilt:
“The association with a legend like Wilt Chamberlain, that does something for me. I’m someone who grew up reading about the game, studying the game. Wilt obviously was a big staple of that. It’s very humbling.”
With 12,691 field goals made, James only trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15,837) and Karl Malone (13,528). The King is on track to overtake Malone by next season. It might be a stretch for LeBron to get past Abdul-Jabbar, but with his conditioning and care for his body, there is always that possibility.
The Lakers star still looks as spry as ever in Year 18, and he isn’t showing too many signs of slowing down as he tries to lead Los Angeles to back-to-back titles. He’s currently averaging 25.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists on the season while shooting 49.6% from the field and an impressive 40.9% on 3-pointers. That 3-point shooting on nearly seven attempts per game is especially important as he ages.
With the way James is playing on his quest for more championships, expect him to move past other legends in various records. The Lakers should be title contenders for years to come with LeBron aging gracefully and Anthony Davis in his prime.