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2.7.23 - JR SportBrief Hour 4

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February 8, 2023 1:58 am

Fans react to LeBron James passing Kareem as the NBA's All-Time leading scorer

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It's the JR Sport Brief show here with you on CBS Sports Radio. It's a special night. A special night in basketball. Tonight LeBron James becomes the NBA's all-time leading scorer. He passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with about 11 seconds left in the third quarter. He finishes tonight with 38 points. Two more than what he needed to break the record. LeBron James is finally making his way back to the locker room. 38,390 points in his 20-year career. Unfortunately for LeBron it did come in a loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

OKC wins 133 to 130. It is the JR Sport Brief show on CBS Sports Radio. Thank you to everybody for listening.

We get started every single week night at 10 p.m. Eastern Time, 7 p.m. Pacific. You can always listen on the free Odyssey app. You can tune in on your local CBS Sports Radio affiliate. You can stay locked in on Sirius XM channel 158.

You can always listen on a smart speaker. The next game for the Los Angeles Lakers will be Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Lakers can obviously continue or LeBron can continue to add on to this record.

But when it comes down to the season, we know there is not too much to celebrate when it comes down to the Lakers. I'm still broadcasting here from Phoenix, Arizona. The home to the Super Bowl and now what is less than a week.

Even though it's seemingly taking forever. And then we've heard about and from Kyrie, we've heard about Aaron Rodgers and the retreat that he will be going on. And so we got a lot to get into the remainder of this week, especially as we have some conversations with NFL players here on the show. I will be talking to Tim Brown.

I should be checking in with another Hall of Famer and Champ Bailey, so we got a lot to do the rest of this week. But tonight the remainder of the show as I'm here with you for one more hour is about LeBron James. Let's go back to that minute that second tonight via the Lakers radio network when LeBron James took a fadeaway jump shot and passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Take a listen. Westbrook with it. Give it to LeBron at the right elbow.

LeBron, one-on-one against Kenrick Williams. Backing him in. Turns.

Shoots. Scores! There he is! All hail the new king in town.

Young and old, gather round. From one iconic Laker to another. The king, LeBron James, has passed the captain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And LeBron now stands alone as the NBA's all-time leading scorer.

Congratulations coming in from just about everywhere. James Harden, Steph Curry, J.R. Smith, a former teammate. After the the basket, the game was stopped for about 10 minutes. LeBron James greeted by his family. A matter of fact, LeBron's sons were courtside.

Brawny and Bryce were courtside to witness this achievement. LeBron James already had 20 points in the first half of the game. And there was one point where LeBron James was having a conversation with both of his sons during a dead ball moment. And he basically asked his sons, you know, what do y'all think? He said, go get the record. Take a listen to this courtesy of TNT.

Yeah, 16.8 points a quarter. Go ahead and get it. Go ahead and get it.

I'll get it. Yeah, it was a foregone conclusion. If you saw LeBron James walk into the arena tonight, what he wore, what he had on, his glasses, his shades, his three-piece suit, his chains, his bag. He didn't just show up. He showed up to break this record tonight. When the record was broken and they paused, Adam Silver, he walked onto the court. He was accompanied by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who ultimately presented LeBron with the game ball. And Adam Silver took a moment to congratulate LeBron right there with Kareem on TNT. Listen. LeBron, you are the NBA's all-time scoring leader.

Congratulations. Yeah, there you have it. You hear the chants of MVP in the background. LeBron James not always embraced in the same way as many other Lakers. LeBron James, I think even up until now with the championship won in the bubble, still considered to be a arena Laker.

We'll see what his legacy looks like when it's all said and done in Los Angeles. But you heard the chants of MVP. MVP. And LeBron James, he spoke to the crowd afterwards. He got caught up.

He dropped an F-bomb. Hey, Shep, are we able to play what LeBron said afterwards? Hey, okay. Thank you for bringing that up, JR.

I cut it, so we're good. Okay, let's take a listen to what LeBron James had to say to the crowd after being presented the game ball from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I just want to say, thank you to the Laker faithful. You guys are one of a kind. To be able to be in the presence of such a legend and greatest Kareem, it means so much to me.

It's very humbling. Please give a standing ovation to the captain, please. To my beautiful wife, my daughter, my two boys, my friends, my boys, my family, my mother, all my, man, everybody that's ever been a part of this is wrong with me the last 20 years, 20 plus years. I just want to say, I thank you so much for being me without y'all. All y'all help, all y'all passion, all y'all sacrifice has helped me get to this point. To the NBA, to Adam Silver, to the late great David Stern, I thank you guys so much for allowing me to be a part of something I've always dreamed about.

I would never ever in a million years dreamt this even better than what it is tonight. Yeah, LeBron James has continued on and he's just like, you know, eff it, man. I love all y'all.

Thank y'all to everybody. You know, before he was presented with that game ball, after he was greeted by his family, his mom, his wife, his three children, greeted a few friends, LeBron James, there was a moment where he stood at center court while everything was developing around him and LeBron cried. He cried. The moment was big. They played a career retrospective on the jumbotron, the screen at crypto.com arena and he cried for a little bit, cried for a second, looked like he wasn't, you know, eyes got watery and then he continued on there. Obviously, tons of celebrities in attendance at the arena tonight to witness this. Denzel Washington was there.

Shannon Sharp, Jay-Z, I can go on. Obviously, the bus family genie was there taking photos with LeBron, you know, after the game and even LeBron, he continued to speak on TNT afterwards and he was able to talk to Shaq and Candace Parker and then Jamal Crawford, Adam Lefkoe, and he was asked a few questions. Hey, LeBron, when did you know that you were close to pulling up on this record? When did you know? For me, I never said I'm gonna go for it. I think once I saw the number get closer and closer and I just, you know, been available on the floor and I've been able to still be productive over the last couple years, I was like, wow, oh, I'm 2,000 points away or I'm 3,000 points away.

I'm 4,000 points away and I feel great. I said, okay, well, it's possible. No, we know it's possible and he went out there and did it and he will continue on. We know that Kareem and LeBron haven't necessarily always seen eye to eye, year over year, whether it's LeBron's behavior as a player or whether it's some of LeBron's, you know, stances when it comes to issues away from basketball, they've butted heads. It was only months ago, LeBron was asked about the relationship with Kareem and he's like, nothing.

There is none. You heard him show love to Kareem when he was presented with the game ball and afterwards, he talked about Kareem and he says it's a privilege. This is also what he said on TNT. You know, especially the way Kareem played the game and how long he played the game, just didn't think nobody would have that type of longevity. Just didn't think nobody would have that type of longevity to come out on the floor and play at that level for so long.

So, it's just a complete honor to be a part of this league, be a part of some of the greats that ever played this game and for me to be right there at the, you know, at the apex with them. Longevity. 20 years. 20 years longevity. Even still at this point and yeah, yeah, the NBA has changed.

But this man, he's an anomaly. It's almost like there is no slowdown. It's like every night. Oh yeah, here's 30 points a game. If you asked me to, hey, what's LeBron going to do tonight? Oh, 25 to 30 points, eight rebounds, eight assists. What?

He spoke to TNT about what he's doing at his age and even LeBron is like, yeah, it's absolutely nuts. Listen. You know, my wife and my boys asked me, you know, do I ever surprise myself on the floor still at this point in my career? And I thought about it. I was like, yeah, sometimes. To be able to play at this level, you know, 20 years in and the minutes I've played, the games I've played either through the regular season or through the postseason, you know, to still be at the apex of my game. It's a pretty surreal feeling. It's nuts. It makes no sense when you see him flying to the basket. It makes no sense when you think about his early years in the NBA where he went to the basket with reckless abandon and was beat up.

It makes no sense. I guess things are evening in itself out now with him taking all of the jump shots, but still it makes no sense. The folks at TNT asked LeBron, man, well, you shocked at what you're doing sometimes too. How the hell much longer are you going to be doing this, LeBron? The way I'm feeling, the way my body's been reacting to me throughout this course of the season, you know, I know I could play a couple more years. It's just, it's all about my mind.

You know, my mind is still into it. If I'm still motivated to go out and try to compete for championships because I feel like that's what I can still do for it, for any group of guys, for any franchise, I can go out there and still help win multiple championships or win a championship. After this season, LeBron James is still under contract for two more seasons. He's under contract until the end of the 2025 season.

I don't know if he's just going to stop there. After the game, or matter of fact, not after the game, after the celebration, when we went to commercial, when we resumed play after the 10 minute break, Nike had an amazing commercial. Nike basically highlighted what we saw 20 years ago before his game against the Sacramento Kings, where said that we were witnesses, that we're witnesses. And it's this commercial tonight with LeBron passing Kareem basically reiterated that we have all been witnesses to this man's greatness and his accomplishments on the basketball court.

And then we also got, of course, a thank you package. It was Bad Bunny and plenty of other celebrities that LeBron was able to say hello to and thank you. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was there. Usher was there. There were plenty of celebrities witnessing LeBron James tonight, but there was also a video package. There's many thank yous from individuals like Rihanna and Kevin Durant. You might recognize some of these other voices.

Just take a listen. One of the greatest accomplishments in sports history. Truly honored to be part of it as a teammate. You changed the game of basketball.

It's been an inspiration since day one. You did that, and I know you get a bigger kick out of a great pass than a score. From the time you went to the league and you had the doubters and the naysayers and people that think you wouldn't take it this far, you proved them wrong, dawg. You know, since you were young, all the goals you've set, you've accomplished on and off the court. Love you, King. La familia for life. Congratulations, LeBron Brown.

Thank you for repping for all of us. Keep striving for greatness always, and congratulations, King James. Yeah, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Magic Johnson, and Snoop Dogg was in there. I think it's Steph Curry I mentioned, Rihanna, Shaq, Charles Barkley, just tons of folks. And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he just spoke minutes ago to TNT. And Kareem, he was asked about the greatness of LeBron James, the man who just passed him as the NBA's all-time leading scorer. And Kareem took some time here to let everybody know, man, this guy was whooping ass since high school. He was killing it.

Listen, LeBron's career is one of someone who planned to dominate this game. He got out of high school. He had the size and the talent to step right into the NBA.

And he immediately started to have his effect. And you know, it's gone for almost 20 years now. Yeah, we've seen it for 20 years. That's not where Kareem just stopped in regards to what he did 20 plus years ago. Kareem also gave LeBron credit for what he's been able to do through the course of his career as it relates to his teammates. It's about leadership. LeBron led them. You know, he has that indefinable essence that they call leadership. You know, he gets out there on the court and tries to get things done. Guys want to get behind him and see that that happens because they have that much respect for him and his talent. Yeah, you hear from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

LeBron James, the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Absolutely crazy right now. 38,390 points. And counting. The phone lines are open. That's 855-212-4CBS.

That's 855-212-4CBS. LeBron James broke a record tonight that I know this for sure. Everybody listening to me, but a good majority of us, we won't see this record broken in our lifetimes. Records are made to be broken. Someone will ultimately break it. Is it going to be another 40 years? 39 years. Kareem's record stood.

LeBron James, the all-time leading scorer. 855-212-4CBS. I'm going to get to the phones on the other side of the break. It's the JR Sport Brief Show, CBS Sports Radio. You are listening to the JR Sport Brief on CBS Sports Radio. Hey JR, thanks for taking my call. You have a great show. I listen to you from a midnight shift every night.

Call in now at 855-212-4CBS. It's the JR Sport Brief Show here on CBS Sports Radio. LeBron James, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tonight with 38 points.

The Los Angeles Lakers do lose. This is something they've been used to this year, 133 to 130. You won't hear about this man tonight, but Shay Gilgus-Alexander was able to pour in 30 points and this man is a reason why he is an all-star. We got the phone lines jumping of course. 855-212-4CBS.

That's 855-212-4CBS. If you've missed a minute, as this is all taking place live during the show, you can always hit rewind on the free Odyssey app. Right before the break, we played you audio from LeBron James. We played you audio from the many celebrities and basketball players who thank, they're not thanked, but congratulated LeBron James. And then we also played you some audio from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who talked about how impressed he was with LeBron James and his leadership and then also the work that he did dating back all the way until high school. Kareem said this as well to TNT. This record has stood for 39 years. Kareem knew that this was going to be a tough one to break. I thought it had every chance of being broken, just had to have somebody that the offense focused on continually.

You know, game in, game out, the offense focused on them and enabled him or a player like myself to accumulate a whole lot of scoring. 855-212-4CBS. Anthony is here from Texas. What's up, JR? All hail the king, man. Hey, man, we're looking at greatness, man. Once in a lifetime, man, and I just want to applaud LeBron.

And man, I'm just tripping on these fans, man, that'd be not want to get a guy credit. I mean, you look at, you can look at other sports. Like you say, Ali the greatest. He lost, but he did philanthropy work. LeBron lost, but he lost, philanthropy work. LeBron lost in the finals, but he made it to the finals, but he got philanthropy work. But then you say Jordan, the longevity thing. LeBron career make it look like Michael Jordan's was just a six, six time run. You know what I'm saying?

With a split in the middle. So I'm like, man, I'm like, because you say, what you say, Floyd ain't the growth and Floyd is undefeated, but Mike is the goal. Cause he's undefeated.

I'm not, I'm not understanding that, that, that whole thing. Then you look at the whole thing that this guy come from, to get from the hood challenge, very challenged. He was able to overcome not only every team he got on, no matter what talent became a GM, basically just so he can win. He never had a Scottie Pippen in his prime will on the side of him, just so he can consistently, everybody got with actually got old, got old and he had, he had to make the best out of his career.

He didn't quit free agency. This is like, come on, man. Y'all not giving this dude, not no props. I'm that guy, man, that look at sports introspectively. What you about to say now?

No, I was going to say, I mean, he, he has had some, some damn good hall of fame caliber talent teammates with him, but he hasn't had someone consistently with him that entire role in that entire ride. But I hear you, Anthony, we got a lot of callers. I appreciate you for calling from Texas. Let's go to Cleveland and talk to David. You're on CBS sports radio. Hey, what's going on? Jr. Good man. First time caller, but, uh, I listen to you all the time. I appreciate you, man.

Thank you. Um, I wanted to get LeBron and flowers, you know, um, I'm originally from Chicago, born and raised. I watched Jordan play. So Joe always be first for me, but just seeing where LeBron came from and just accolades, like he's fourth in the fifth.

Now he's not going to break that record, but just being a top five and two statistical categories, that says a lot. It really does. So I just wanted to give him his flowers. That was all bad. Well, thank you, David. Thank you so much for calling from Cleveland.

Let's go to South Carolina and talk to Chauncey you're on CBS sports radio. Hello? Yes.

You're alive. Yeah. Yeah. My name is Chauncey Chauncey. Oh, Chauncey. Well, thank you, Chauncey. Go ahead. Yeah. Well, I was calling to say, you know, I appreciate everything LeBron James done. Cause I had a nephew that went to Cincinnati named Kenny Satterfield. They came to leave.

And he came in like LeBron James back in 2000, he broke Oscar Robert register his record when he played for Bobby huggers. So to be like American guys are today, young men coming from the ghetto and to be strong, raise a family, keep your family together. Don't leave your wife. Do what a man's supposed to do.

You hear me? That is a hard task for young men today to get into games and keep their mind together and their family, getting the strength together. So I want to give them a lot of props for what he did. Cause a lot of athletes don't want to make no names that fell apart. They beat up their wives, drink a lot. It's stupid stuff. You know what I mean? Well, we, there's a, there's a whole list of humans who do that. And we know that there's always folks with tons of potential and don't see it lived. Uh, Lebron James certainly has that in front of him. You talk about, uh, you said your nephew, Kenny Satterfield, man, we can go into other dudes, even other cats out of New York. Uh, I can look at, uh, Lenny cook is a, is a prime example. Sebastian's health fair, uh, the Stephon Marbury, Stephon Marbury was lauded. Yes. I look at Kenny Martin career and I have to cut you off the things that he did, how he fell off the chain. You know, like you said, a lot of people couldn't hold on like Lebron hold on. You know what I mean?

Yep. You know, there's, there's, there's tons and tons. Thank you so much, Chauncey for calling from South Carolina. No, we, we got tons of guys who are, are, are hyped. Don't live up to it. And some of the names I just mentioned might be comical, not, not with Lebron.

He has lived up to every, every ounce of it. Everyone Marcus is calling from Chicago. You're on CBS sports radio. Yo, what's up, bro. Um, so I'm just driving home, listening to your show, man. I decided to call in when you make the statement that you'd be hard pressed to find a person with Lebron's residence. That's just not accurate, man. Uh, I will, I do want to congratulate Lebron on being the NBA all times, but I'm, I'm the one that I like to have a little fun with it.

I like to have it's banter at the end of the day. So I'm a Jordan guy, but I'll take 30.1 points per game over 15 years, any day over a longevity award. It seems like you've diminished the circumstances a little bit. It is important that Lebron played straight out of high school. Uh, it does matter that Jordan didn't play.

Uh, he retired twice, although those are his own circumstances. But I just think that at the end of his career, Lebron, in my opinion, this is all about perspective of opinion. Well, obviously it's your opinion. Go ahead. Yeah. Yeah. It's opinion. And it's fun.

Like I said, it's banter to me. I mean, I love Lebron James. I got him like seven to eight. He's he hasn't leaked for all Kobe yet. I mean, I named my son Kobe. I love Kobe Bryant. I'm a Michael Jordan guy at the end of the day. But I think that Lebron, when he is retired, will still be known more for the free agency thing and teaming up, then he will be for the all time points and theater because all time points leader, in my opinion, at this point, and even as indicative tonight, everything tonight, they lost the game.

There's nothing to play for in LA. So it just, I mean, it's not his fault. They have, he has to still keep going.

He still has a game in them. But it's just not, I think when your call is said a little while before, it's not that impressive at this moment because it's not doing it in winnable situations. But I don't think Lebron has a resume.

There's a few players that has better resumes than him. So I'll just hang up, man, and hear what you got to say about it. Just my opinion. Well, thank you, Marcus. I don't think it was necessary to constantly repeat it.

It's your opinion, obviously, as it goes without saying, imagine if I did a radio show and every, every five minutes for four hours, I said, it's my opinion, my opinion. Look, one key thing that, that you didn't tie into when I talked about Lebron James and his resume, I didn't tie it to any particular statistic. I didn't tie it specifically just to his longevity. I tied it into his entire career as a basketball player.

I didn't even use the word resume. I talked about his story as it relates to a professional basketball player here in the United States of America. I looked at Lebron James story from the lens of looking at the past century of athletics here, you would be hard pressed to find someone. And I only mentioned one other guy. I mentioned a few dudes outside of Muhammad Ali for varying reasons as a, just a cultural historical leader, Muhammad Ali is in a different stratosphere global, but for Lebron James, the expectations, the accomplishments, how he has done it to borrow what you just said, to think that when he is done in another, I don't know, three, four, approximately five years, to think that Lebron James will be primarily remembered for switching teams. I think that's ignoring a whole lot.

And I sure did say a whole lot. If you missed it, you can hit rewind on the free Odyssey app. 855-212-4CBS. That's 855-212-4CBS. I'm going to get some more of your calls before we roll out.

I'll go ahead and play that bucket one more time for you where Lebron James pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You're listening to the J.R. Sportbrief on CBS Sports Radio. You're listening to the J.R. Sportbrief on CBS Sports Radio. Your show is informative and thought-provoking, and I love that about it.

Every chance I get, man, keep it up. It's one of the best shows anywhere. Call in now at 855-212-4CBS. It's the J.R. Sportbrief show on CBS Sports Radio. I'm going to get some more of your calls.

Amy Lawrence is going to come through at the top of the hour and take you the rest of the way. We got a lot of phone calls, obviously. Lebron now, the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Let's talk to you. We got a lot of callers, so just keep that in mind, please.

Let's not go on forever. Let's try to get on as many people as possible, and then I want you to hear one more time the bucket that made Lebron the NBA's all-time leading scorer, and then we'll hear from Lebron as well. Mike is here from Maryland.

You're on the J.R. Sportbrief show. Hey, J.R. Kareem, like Lebron, they both have stories. Kareem at power. He traveled from upper Manhattan to power. The gym was packed all the time, and then he went to UCLA. Lebron, St. Vincent, St. Mary's, they did good school. They educated the kid. He was ready for the pros right out of high school, but he did experience good things.

He was in the McDonald's Classic, and I saw a picture of him with the great high school scout, Tom Konchalski, a picture at Five Star. They were both made to be great players. They had guards, great players. They had God-given talent.

Absolutely. Well, thank you, Mike, for calling from Maryland. Yeah, a lot of people don't even know that Kareem is from Uptown in Harlem in New York.

855-212-4CBS, Johnny's calling from Atlanta. Congrats to Lebron, but I still feel that the season kind of tainted his reputation. That's the second thing he stole from Cleveland.

That record, he should go down as a leading scorer with Cleveland, not as a Lakers. That's how I feel. Okay. Thank you, Johnny, for calling from Atlanta. Mike from Fort Lauderdale. Hey, how you doing, JR? Good.

Go ahead, Mike. I want to say I really never ever thought that that record would fall because you got to look at the fact that he played so long. Kareem Abdul-Jaw played 20 years. Who plays that long today?

They just don't do it. For physical reasons, for other reasons, you can't last. And then to keep scoring at that pace, I got to give Lebron all the credit. I've watched his whole career, and he's definitely the best.

There's no doubt you can't put a question mark by it. It's the truth that nobody's going to play that long. This record is a stand for another 40, 50, 60 years or something.

Yeah. We have to see the scoring, and thank you. We have to see the scoring continue at the pace that it's on right now. Someone will have to play a long time. People mentioned Luka Doncic, and I look at Luka and the issues with his conditioning even at his age right now, and I go, are we going to see Luka last? The athleticism. He's not the most athletic. He knows how to control a game.

It's beautiful. Is he going to last 20 years? Not at the pace? I don't think so.

It's tough to pinpoint it. And the fact that Lebron is likely to tack on, and this is not to say he's going to average 30 until the day he decides to quit. But I mean, damn.

Barring a catastrophic injury, he can easily tack on another, I don't know, 4,000 or so points? This is nuts. Yaya here from Buffalo. How you doing, JR? Hello? Yep, you're live.

Go ahead. Okay, okay, okay, man. Great show tonight, man. This show been lit today, man. It's the fastest four hours ever. 10 o'clock order.

A lot of good subtopics. It's a great show tonight. But I just want to say this. I'm watching TNT, and I heard Scott say that because Lebron, he the fifth person I heard say this today, Lebron get this record. That definitely makes him the GOAT. And it just hurts me every time I hear somebody say LB, Lebron is the GOAT, because he scored the most points. Don't make him a GOAT. I don't think nobody's seen in the last 30 years that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the GOAT because he had the record. Nobody said he was the GOAT, so now that he got the record, he's officially the GOAT. Yes.

Thank you. I don't believe that's the only reason that someone would believe he is, quote, unquote, the greatest player of all time. I can't speak for anyone else, but I would be very certain. I would be very certain.

I'm very sure about this. That's not the only reason that someone is proclaiming him the greatest player of all time. I understand it's fine people say that today, but I know you got to go, but I'm taking MJ, Kobe, and say what you want to say.

Kevin Durant is the best player, man. Have a good night. No, that's reasonable. Thank you, Yahya, for calling from Buffalo.

That's fine. You know, this term GOAT, greatest of all time to me, and this is why you have never heard me call anyone the GOAT. Over the past 10 years when it was created, I thought it was ridiculous. Calling someone the GOAT is excellent for TV conversation because that's pretty much where it was born. It was born online. It was born on television. So-and-so is the GOAT, is Messi the GOAT, is Pele the GOAT. What are we going to do?

If we're all lucky enough to have human beings live another couple of generations and we live a few more centuries and decades, we're just going to say we have multiple GOATS? Come on, people participate in different eras. LeBron James, for right now over the last 20 years, has been the best player. He's been one of the best players ever. And depending on what you want, if I want a guy, I certainly favor Michael Jordan personally over LeBron James. But if I want to talk about career accolades and accomplishments, there are too many boxes that LeBron James continues to tick off. And when we start getting into playing with his son, all-time leading scorer by a mile, his high school record, man, it is unfreaking believable.

Mike is calling from Michigan. Yes, I do agree with you. LeBron is the greatest of his era. I get tired of people comparing Jordan to LeBron. Free agency is different.

The parity is different. I mean, we got teams that are our NBA final representatives every single year that are different. When Jordan was playing, it was Detroit, it was Chicago, it was Atlanta, and the West Coast, it was Houston.

Free agency is totally different. And for LeBron to do it for 20 years, and people forget Michael Jordan's last two or three years, he was a broken man. Look at LeBron right now. No matter how much it pains me to say this, I'm a diehard Spurs fan. I love Duncan. I love the Admiral.

I love Sean Elliott and all them. But LeBron doing it, 10 NBA finals, MVPs, scoring titles, he's been doing this year after year. And he's also had to share the Rock. He's been in Miami. Yeah, he was like the big three. They had Dwyane Wade. They had Chris Bosh. For him to get his points sharing that with Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, with Anthony Davis in Westbrook with the Lakers, I mean, for him to do that is just simply amazing.

It's unfathomable. Yeah, he's one of the greatest. Mike, I'm up against a break.

I have to roll out. Well, I just want to say Jordan was option A, B, and C for Chicago. He had Pippen, but that was it. Jordan was going to get his 30 points tonight.

Well, that's, and thank you Mike for calling from Michigan. I'm not going to just stop there. We are in a different space and in basketball when it comes to scoring flattened period. Before we roll out, I do want you to hear one more time the bucket that made LeBron the NBA's all time leading scorer on Lakers radio. Westbrook with it. Give it to LeBron at the right elbow.

LeBron, one-on-one against Kenrick Williams. Backing him in. Turn, shoot. Score! There it is! All hail the new king in town.

Young and old, gather round. From one iconic Laker to another. The king LeBron James has passed the captain Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron now stands alone as the NBA's all-time leading scorer. And this, this is LeBron James. After he scored that bucket, he was presented a game ball by Adam Silver. He was presented the ball specifically by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. They played a video package and then LeBron James, he spoke and he said thank you. I just want to say thank you to the Laker faithful. You guys are one of a kind. To be able to be in the presence of such a legend and greatest Kareem, it means so much to me.

It's very humbling. Please give a standing ovation to the captain, please. To my beautiful wife, my daughter, my two boys, my friends, my boys, my family, my mother, all my- Man, everybody that's ever been a part of this run with me the last 20 years, 20 plus years, I just want to say I thank you so much because I wouldn't be me without y'all. All y'all help, all y'all passion, all y'all sacrifice has helped me get to this point. And to the NBA, to Adam Silver, to the late great David Stern, I thank you guys so much for allowing me to be a part of something I've always dreamed about. And I would never ever in a million years dreamt this even better than what it is tonight.

What comes next? And we know the Lakers, they ain't winning no damn championship this season. He doesn't have the teammates for it. But what he's been able to accomplish from birth, from high school, to the league, doing it publicly for 20 years at this level, you would be few and far in between to find anyone who has his resume. But I told you, careers are like fingerprints.

Everybody's is different. And the path that he has forged and what he has accomplished is unique in a way that you are unlikely to see in your lifetime. You've been locked into the JR Sport Brief Show here with you on CBS Sports Radio. I'm going to be back with you tomorrow, 10 p.m. Eastern Time, 7 p.m. Pacific. Thank you all so much to super producer and host Dave Shepherd. And thank you to you, the listeners. There is no show without you. I'll be back with you tomorrow. Still here live from Phoenix, Arizona, waiting for the Super Bowl. Don't move here on CBS Sports Radio because coming up next is Amy Lawrence.

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