LeBron James says he has ‘no relationship’ with Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – CBS Sports

LeBron James says he has 'no relationship' with Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - CBS Sports

It’s not about if LeBron James passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the number 1 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, that’s when. James sits just 1,326 points away from passing the Hall of Fame and Los Angeles Lakers legend, a milestone that should happen at some point this season as James continues to perform at top levels and is coming off a year in which he averaged over 30 points a night. If he averages around the same amount of points as he did last season for the Lakers, James could break the record somewhere in the middle of the season, assuming he stays healthy.

It’s a highly anticipated moment entering the season, but as for LeBron’s thoughts and his relationship with Abdul-Jabbar, he didn’t have much to say on the matter. After the Lakers’ first preseason game on Monday night, a reporter asked James what his thoughts were on the Lakers legend and if the two had any kind of relationship, to which LeBron gave a very short answer.

“No thoughts, and no connection,” James said.

Although James didn’t have much to say at that moment, he revealed a bit more on Media Day when asked about possibly surpassing Abdul-Jabbar’s record.

“To sit here and know that I’m on the verge of breaking probably the most sought after record in the NBA, things that people said would probably never be done, I think it’s just super humbling for myself. I think , that it’s great. cool. Obviously Kareem had his differences with some of my opinions and some of the things that I do, but listen at the end of the day, to be able to be in the same breath as a guy who wore this same uniform,” James said.

“A guy who was a staple of this franchise, along with Magic [Johnson]Big Game [James Worthy] there for so many years, especially in the ’80s, and a guy who does a lot off the floor as well, I think is just a super-duper drug, for me to even be in that conversation.”

Abdul-Jabbar has criticized James in the past, specifically regarding comments he made regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, in which LeBron shared a meme on Instagram last year that compared the COVID-19 to the flu or common cold. Abdul-Jabbar also discussed with LeBron supporting Andrew Wiggins last season after the Golden State Warriors forward was previously resistant to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Abdul-Jabbar said James should be “embarrassed” about “some of the things he’s done,” after which he later apologized.

“It was not my intention to criticize LeBron in any way,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “He’s done so much for the Black community as well as the game of basketball. We may not always agree, but I want to apologize wholeheartedly to LeBron and make it clear to him that I have tremendous respect for him. And if he can accept that, I will be very happy.”

While James and Abdul-Jabbar may not have a close relationship, the two will be inextricably linked throughout the season as James becomes closer and inevitably passes the Hall of Fame for that record.

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