LeBron James made history on Tuesday night by scoring 39,000 points while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. This impressive feat marks the first time a player has achieved such a milestone in NBA history. Adding to his joy, the Lakers played exceptionally well, reminiscent of their ‘Showtime’ squad, resulting in a convincing win. Interestingly, James has chosen not to keep the game ball as a souvenir to commemorate the accomplishment. According to reports from Lakers Nation, Darvin Ham, the team’s coach, denied giving the ball to James.
It’s important to appreciate what we’ve witnessed. Despite his impressive performance, James did not receive the game ball for the latest match as the score was 39,000 instead of the required 40,000. However, he is still on track to reach this milestone by the end of the season unless any unforeseen events occur. On Tuesday, several future Hall of Famers, including Kevin Durant, surpassed the 1,000-point mark. During the Lakers’ win against the Jazz, James managed to score 17 points, grab seven rebounds, and provide nine assists in only 24 minutes. Although his achievement is noteworthy, Durant is also making significant strides and recently moved up to eleventh place in the NBA scoring rankings, surpassing Elvin Hayes. Despite Moses Malone’s career total of 27,409 points, which is higher than Durant’s, the Suns player will most likely overtake him in the coming months.
Despite LeBron James reaching the impressive milestone of 39,000 points, Lakers coach Darvin Ham decided not to give him the game ball. The reason behind this decision is unknown, but it certainly adds an element of humor to the situation. In their upcoming game, the Lakers will face off against the Dallas Mavericks.