LeBron James is already a legend of the game, but he also has an acute sense for the legends who’ve come before. He also has a healthy respect for the other stars around the league, emblematic of the era in which we live, wherein rivals on the court can be BFFs off of it. Combine those two character attributes, and you have LeBron saying that Kevin Durant has a real shot at breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record.
“His ability to score the ball is obviously up there with the greatest to ever play,” James said. “I know that’s not in his memory bank right now, him trying to help the team get better and better, but long term he definitely can challenge [Kareem’s record].”
Lebron’s Cavaliers are taking on Durant’s Thunder in Cleveland on Thursday night, in what promises to be one of the best games of the early season. Both teams are coming into their own, even though Kyrie Irving is still out and Iman Shumpert is back to the bench, both due to injury. Still, the primary focus of every fan will be LeBron and KD head-to-head, as iconic a matchup as this generation has. We’re not sure Durant will have the longevity necessary to challenge Kareem (especially with the way those foot injuries tend to come back), but for right now, he’s a legend at work, just like LeBron. Get your popcorn ready.