LeBron James keeps racking up the accolades. James reached yet another milestone Saturday night against the Washington Wizards in Washington D.C. James passed Karl Malone for second all-time in total points scored for his career. James is now at 36,947 points and now sits just 1,440 points away from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the number one spot. He spoke postgame about his latest accomplishment postgame.
“Just to be part of this league the many years I’ve been a part of it and being linked to some of the greatest who’ve ever played this game and guys I’ve ever watched or studied or read about or aspired to be like … I’m just always lost for words for it,” James said. “It’s an honor for myself, for my hometown, for my family and friends to be able to live these moments throughout this journey. And that’s exactly who I do it for.”
He was also asked if he thinks about all the accomplishments he gets during the game and he had an interesting answer.
“I will not allow myself to think about it,” James said. I’ve always just played the game the way I’ve been playing it over the years, and these things have just happened organically by just going out and just playing the game the right way. Trying to win every game, playing the right way, playing for your teammates and things of that nature.”
He added: “So I hope to accomplish that at some point in my career, but I won’t think about it too much pretty much until we get there hopefully.”
James scored his 36,930th point and passed Karl Malone on a driving layup. Stanley Johnson got the assist on the bucket at the 5:20 mark in the second quarter. Once Tomas Satoransky went to the line on the other end they were able to stop play and congratulate James and he received a standing ovation. James has put in the work and had a lot of longevity in his career. Accomplishments such as this one put that into perspective.