LeBron James joins three other legendary names in the NBA hall of fame: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for recently hitting 25,000 points with fewer games, and for being the youngest NBA player to do so, Vocativ reports.
"To be the youngest player in the history of the game to score 25,000 points, particularly when you're every bit the passer that you are the scorer is just a testament to his greatness," said Cavaliers coach David Blatt.
Last Monday LeBron fronted the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 107-100 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center game in Philly. The star player scored 22 points to reach 25,000 points. This was on top of 11 assists and nine rebounds.
In 2010, Kobe Bryant reached 25,000 points while playing against the Cavaliers when he hit the age of 31. Now, James has surpassed this when he became the 20th player to get passed the 25,000-point mark, and at 30 years old, making him the youngest NBA player in the league's history to do this.
James' 25,000 mark was proven well-deserved when he displayed the same kind of performance on the basketball court in the past few days. Last Sunday, SB Nation reports that LeBron shot a fast one with his left hand to Richard Jefferson during the Cleveland Cavaliers' game with the Indiana Pacers. The shot was made after catching a pass from Kevin Love and sending the ball to Richard Jefferson. For someone to do this remarkable feat with an off-hand is truly one for the books.
After the monumental event LeBron said: "I will continue to try to be the best I can be and continue to strive for greatness. Hopefully, we'll keep racking these wins, and along the way if something special happens just know its all because of you guys."
James, a native of Ohio, started at the small forward and power forward positions before he was accorded the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2004. Since then he has won two NBA championships in 2012 and 2013, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards from 2009 to 2013 (except 2011), two NBA Finals MVP Awards in 2012 and 2013, and two Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. Today he is rightly the Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer.