LeBron James is rapidly closing in on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the mantle of the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387 points has stood for over 30 seasons. But the clock is quickly ticking down.
James currently sits at 38,299 points, just 88 from tying and 89 from passing the record. His pursuit of the record had Lakers ticket prices skyrocketing. Tickets for Los Angeles’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Feb. 9 are reportedly selling for as much as $75,000.
Additionally, the seemingly inevitable record-breaking moment has everyone talking. Including Fox Sports “Undisputed” hosts Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.
Sharpe, who recently apologized after getting involved at a court-side incident with Ja Morant’s father at a Lakers game, said he knows not only when James will break the record, but also how.
Skip Bayless: "I think he's [LeBron] even thinking down to 'what kind of shot do I want to shoot'."
Shannon Sharpe: "Oh he's throwing the sky hook."
Shannon Sharpe is convinced LeBron will break Kareem's record with the sky hook. 👀pic.twitter.com/Wl5HaWJ3UH
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“Oh, he(‘s) gonna throw the sky hook,” Sharpe said of how James breaks the record. “He’s throwing the sky hook. He’s throwing the sky hook.
“I see him warming up and he’s been practicing it an awful lot,” he then said to a bewildered Bayless.
The sky hook, of course, was the legendary hook shot used by Abdul-Jabbar to amass a significant portion of his points. At 7-foot-2, Abdul-Jabbar’s hook shot was virtually unblockable and he perfected the move down to a science.
The shot has mostly become phased out of the game, and Abdul-Jabbar talked about why that is a number of years back.
“The reason that young kids today learn how to shoot hook shots is because everybody is so enamored with the 3-point shot. So the kids don’t want two points. They don’t want to work with their back to the basket. That’s not cool. They want to go out there in the stratosphere and shoot 3-pointers.”
“Now that you have a guy like Stephen Curry shoot the ball like that. I have never seen anyone shoot like that. Anybody that can shoot like that is on a different plane from all the guys I played against. They are not teaching the young guys to score with their back to the basket. Therefore a lot of them don’t get to learn the hook shot. They don’t get to realize if you get closer to the basket a lot more of your shots go in.”
If James does in fact eclipse the record with a tribute to the current holder, it would be a perfect touch on an already incredible moment.