LA Lakers superstar LeBron James continues to make history in his 18th season in the NBA. The four-time champion passed the legendary Wilt Chamberlain in the NBA record book on Thursday against the Denver Nuggets, an incredible feat since Chamberlain is one of the best players in NBA history.
However, LeBron also embarrassed himself on the same night he passed Chamberlain. Even though there were no fans at Staples Center, James couldn’t hide since the Lakers-Nuggets game was on national television.
LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA’s all-time field goals made list
Against the Nuggets at Staples Center on Thursday, LeBron James passed Wilt Chamberlain for third on the NBA’s all-time field goals made list. The King now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
LeBron is the only player in NBA history to rank top 10 all-time in points and assists. He’s arguably the best all-around player the game has ever seen. It’s been incredible to watch him exceed the grand expectations placed on his shoulders all the way back in 2003 when he came into the league with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When it’s all said and done, LeBron could pass Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time scoring list. James, a four-time MVP and four-time Finals MVP, has a shot at having the most prolific basketball résumé in NBA history.
Against the Nuggets, LeBron James finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists while shooting 63.2% from the field. Although The Chosen One put up a triple-double and led the Lakers to a 21-point win, he did embarrass himself at the free-throw line.
LeBron James air-balled a free-throw
For the second time this season, LeBron James air-balled a free-throw. The first airball came on Dec. 25 against the Dallas Mavericks.
Throughout his legendary career, LeBron has never been a good free-throw shooter. He only shoots 73.4% from the charity stripe for his career. For whatever reason, James can’t seem to be a consistent free-throw shooter.
LeBron’s free-throw shooting percentage is the only black eye on his stat line. He has career averages of 27.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.4 assists while shooting 50.4% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc with the Cavs, Miami Heat and Lakers.
Once the 2021 playoffs begin, James will be looking to win his fifth title and fifth Finals MVP. All signs point toward the Lakers going on a deep postseason run again with James and Anthony Davis leading the way.
However, LeBron James has to get his free-throw shooting up to par with the rest of his game.
NBA fans want to see the Lakers and Nets meet in the Finals
Everyone wants to see the Lakers and Brooklyn Nets meet in the 2021 NBA Finals. A seven-game series featuring LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving would be must-see TV.
There will be no shortage of storylines if the Nets and Lakers meet in the Finals. LeBron and Durant are the two best players in the NBA, Harden is searching for his first title, and James and Irving would face each other on the NBA’s biggest stage after playing in three Finals together with the Cavs. The 2016 Cavs defeated the Golden State Warriors behind the stellar play of LeBron and Irving.
There’s still a lot of basketball to be played in the regular season, so the Nets and Lakers can’t look ahead. However, basketball fans are hopeful that LeBron James and Kevin Durant will lead their respective team to the Finals.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.