LeBron James put on AD-like minutes restriction

Elena Summers
March 8, 2019

Whatever was happening on his face Wednesday night at Staples Center, in the moments after James surpassed Michael Jordan's 32,292 career points for fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list, only James could truly know. James, who entered the National Basketball Association at 18 years old compared to 21 for Jordan, began the night averaging 27.1 points in 1,189 games over 16 seasons with Cleveland, Miami and the Lakers. He now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643).

The video goes from James' first points scored as a Cavalier (against the Sacramento Kings) to becoming the youngest player to reach the 10,000 and 20,000 point marks to the bucket that put him past MJ.

A few days earlier, James appeared in his 15th All-Star Game. He was even seen coaching the team back when he was sidelined with injuries. For Kuzma, it was the start of what could be a week-long absence as he recovers from a sprained ankle. The Lakers already were without Ball, who has been out with a sprained ankle and a bone bruise for six weeks. Over the course of his career, Anthony has averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. LeBron hasn't missed the playoffs since the 2004-2005 season, but seems resigned to his fate this year.

The Lakers had been considering signing the 34-year-old Anthony, but four losses in the past five games have pushed them to 10th place in the Western Conference, 4.5 games behind San Antonio for the final playoff spot with 19 to play.

It's a big deal now because the Lakers are in free fall.

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