The Kid from Akron makes history

On Feb. 7, LeBron James made NBA history, becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer — a day that will be remembered in the basketball world.

The Akron, Ohio native and Los Angeles Lakers star scored the record breaking 38,388th point against the Oklahoma City Thunder, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Abdul-Jabbar’s record stood for 39 years and beating it once seemed an astounding deed unobtainable for anyone, but James has become known as someone who makes the impossible possible.

Fans were up on their feet with their phones out taking it all in, ready to capture this epic moment when the magic started toward the end of the third quarter.

One of James’ go-to moves is a fadeaway, and with 10.9 seconds left, he drilled the fadeaway jumper from the left elbow, scoring his 36th point of the game.

It was surely something to see. The amplified crowd at Arena went into a state of uncontrolled excitement as James ran across the court with his arms stretched out.

The game was stopped and a presentation was played to honor the most illustrious achievement of his entire career as his family stood right beside him. 

“I would never ever in a million years dreamt this even better than what it is tonight,” James said.

James has always been a persistent scorer — the youngest to 10,000 points in 2008 and the youngest to 20,000 in 2013. Cogitating everything he has already acquired, with four championships and four MVPs, adding the scoring record to his portfolio is just another accolade of achievement.

The 2003 No. 1 draft pick selected straight out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School continues to dominate, playing like he is still in his prime at 38 years old, scoring rather easily and giving his all every time he’s on the floor. He has shown he is capable of playing every basketball position.

LeBron now stands alone as the scoring champion of the NBA, and every single shot that he makes for the rest of his career will be a new record — greatness and still counting. 

“It’s been a pleasure and an honor so far in my career, within these 20 years, that through the ups, through the downs, through the ins and outs, through the trials and tribulations, I’ve always maintained me and I’ve done it my way,” James said.