LeBron James bluntly says he has ‘no relationship’ with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as scoring record looms


LeBron James breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA scoring record seems like a fluke at this point, but the Los Angeles Lakers star made it clear on Tuesday that this would not be a handoff between friends.

Following the Lakers’ 105–75 loss to the Sacramento Kings at the opener of the preseason, James was asked about the opportunity to break Abdul-Jabbar’s record this season and if he had a relationship with the Lakers icon.

James’ answer was frank: “No. No thoughts. And no relationship.”

This statement is a little more succinct than what James said about Abdul-Jabbar just a week ago at a Lakers media day, where he acknowledged some disagreements with the legend but was generally reverent:

“Sitting here and knowing that I’m on the verge of breaking what is probably the most coveted record in the NBA, something that people say that will probably never be done, I think that’s just super, like humility for myself “- LeBron. said. “I think it’s very cool.

“And you know, obviously Kareem had his own differences with some of my views and some of the things I do. But listen, in the end, be able to be on the same breath with a guy wearing the same thing. [Lakers] uniform, a guy who has been a staple of this franchise along with Magic and Big Game. [James Worthy] there for so many years, especially in the 80s, and a guy who also works a lot off the floor. I think for me it’s just super duper dope even in this conversation.”

You never know what goes on behind closed doors between NBA stars, but enough has played out publicly between them that it’s not hard to see why their relationship isn’t going to be good.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has repeatedly publicly criticized LeBron James.

While James often presented himself as a social justice leader, Abdul-Jabbar, well-versed in the subject, criticized his public persona from time to time.

Abdul-Jabbar spoke out loud when James expressed his support for NBA players allowed to opt out of the COVID-19 vaccine. writing “LeBron is just wrong and his mistake can be fatal, especially for the black community.”

There was also a time when James posted an Instagram meme implying that COVID-19 is the same as colds and flu, causing Abdul-Jabbar to write, “LeBron encourages life-threatening vaccine hesitancy.” and livelihood.” James didn’t appreciate it.

And there was a time when Abdul-Jabbar hit James with more haphazard criticism, saying that “some of the things he did and said are really below his dignity, as far as I understand”, and saying that he “should be ashamed”, a statement for for which Abdul-Jabbar apologized.

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LeBron James doesn’t seem too friendly with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (Photo by Kevork Jansezian/Getty Images)

Abdul-Jabbar has also been critical of players that James might consider friends, such as his recent criticism of James’ former teammate Kyrie Irving.

However, Abdul-Jabbar also praised James for work such as his I Promise School and for speaking generally positively about the black community. He also said that he was rooting for James to break his scoring record.

LeBron James will soon overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Ironically, James has already scored more points than Abdul-Jabbar in an NBA uniform (read: including the playoffs), but he will soon become the regular season record holder.

James currently has 37,062 career points, 1,325 points short of Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387. Even if James only played 56 games in his last injury season, he would only need to average 23.7 points per game to reach the top. James hasn’t averaged that many points since his rookie days.

So James would essentially need a career-changing disaster if he didn’t become the NBA all-time scoring champion when all is said and done. Let’s see if he and Abdul-Jabbar can reach an agreement before he gets there.

Source: sports.yahoo.com