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Michael Jordan issues statement on LeBron James passing him on all-time scoring list

Michael Jordan, LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers may be in a rough spot this season, but LeBron James made history Wednesday night by moving past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. His Airness released a brief statement congratulating LeBron on the historic achievement:

A short and sweet message from Jordan, who finished his career with 32,292 points.

James needed just 13 points to pass Jordan heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets, and he got the feat out of the way midway through the second quarter with an and-1 finish. It was a somewhat subdued moment given the Lakers were getting blown out, but it was a special moment nonetheless. LeBron idolized MJ growing up and has been trying to stake his own claim as the GOAT throughout his illustrious career.

James finished with 31 points against the Nuggets, giving him 32,311 points for his career. Unfortunately, the Lakers’ valiant comeback attempt fell well short in a 115-99 loss. Los Angeles dropped to 30-35 on the season and a whopping 6.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot. It will take nothing short of a miracle now to even sniff the postseason, which is not what Lakers fans had in mind when LeBron signed on last summer.

Still, there should be better days ahead for James in Hollywood, even as he enters the twilight of his career. He now has his sights set on Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who sits in third on the scoring list with 33,643 points. The King should be able to pass Kobe sometime next season.