LeBron James is one of the greatest NBA players of all time, and his level of play in what is his 20th season in the league is incredible. And, he’s closing in on a big accomplishment.
That’s because James is now only 36 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most points in NBA history. He will do it in the same amount of years that Kareem played, as the center also played for 20 seasons.
That will just add to LeBron’s long list of accomplishments. James is a four-time MVP, and has finished in the top five of the MVP voting over a dozen times. He’s won four NBA championships, is a four-time finals MVP, has been named to 19 All Star games, has 18 All-NBA selections, and has been the AP Male Athlete Of The Year four times.
But, apparently, there’s some downside to all of this. LeBron sounded off in a recent New York Times profile piece about what he doesn’t like about his fame.
“I don’t want to say it ever becomes too much, but there are times when I wish I could do normal things,” James said Thursday while standing in an arena hallway in Indianapolis about an hour after the Lakers beat the Pacers there. A member of a camera crew that has been following him for the past few years filmed him as he spoke.
“I wish I could just walk outside,” James said. “I wish I could just, like, walk into a movie theater and sit down and go to the concession stand and get popcorn. I wish I could just go to an amusement park just like regular people. I wish I could go to Target sometimes and walk into Starbucks and have my name on the cup just like regular people.”
He added: “I’m not sitting here complaining about it, of course not. But it can be challenging at times.”
I’m guessing he will not get much sympathy from the average American struggling to make ends meet, as he’s racked up a fortune that is reported over a million dollars.
James will look to break the record on Tuesday against the Thunder. If he can’t get it then, surely he will on Thursday against the Bucks.