LeBron James reached yet another milestone in his quest to becoming the greatest basketball player of all time. The 34-year-old from Akron, Ohio scored 31 points in the Lakers' loss against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday to pass NBA
legend Michael Jordan in the league’s all-time scorer list. The self-proclaimed (and tattooed) “Chosen One” scored 32,311 points in regular season games during his career so far, making him the fourth highest scorer of all time and the highest-ranked player that is still competing.
Surpassing Jordan "ranks right up there at the top with winning a championship", James said speaking of his career accomplishments. "For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration and needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me. I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneakers like MJ. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ and it's just crazy, to be honest. It's beyond crazy."
Passing Michael Jordan in the all-time scoring list certainly marks a milestone in James’ career, but it’s actually not the first time he surpassed MJ, who many consider the greatest player ever to have played the game. James now leads Jordan in regular season points, playoff points, assists, rebounds and blocks, illustrating his strengths as an all-court player who carries his teams both offensively and defensively. Thus far he has only won three NBA championships, however, putting him three short of Jordan’s six.