Michael Jordan played the last game of his career on April 16, 2003. I was 40 years old and 58 days old. His team, Washington, lost in Philadelphia. It was his 1,072th regular-season NBA game. That day he scored 15 points and concluded his phenomenal career with 32,292, a figure that placed him in third place in the classification of maximum scorers in the history of the NBA. Years later he was relegated to fourth place by Kobe Bryant Now, 16 years later, LeBron James surpasses Michael Jordan and, with 32,311 points, is placed in that fourth place behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643).
LeBron needed to score 13 points to overcome, in the game between the Lakers and Denver, the historic mark of Michael Jordan. He got it in just over five minutes and finished the game with 31 points, plus seven rebounds and seven assists. The achievement had a bittersweet taste because the Lakers lost (99-115) and move further away from their goal of qualifying for the 'playoffs'. They occupy the eleventh position, with seven victories less than the Clippers, who occupy the eighth and final place that qualifies for the final qualifiers. "For a boy from Akron, Ohio, I needed inspiration and I needed some kind of positive influence, MJ was that guy, "LeBron explained after the game against Denver. "I watched him from afar. I wanted to be like MJ, stick my tongue out like MJ, wear the same sneakers as MJ. And I wanted the children to admire me at some point as MJ. It's crazy. "
The achievement of LeBron acquires a special significance because it puts him in relationship once again with the best player in history according to most critics and fans. The star of the Lakers, at 34 years and 66 days, exceeds the mark of Michael Jordan. The statistic milestone of El Rey contrasts with the bad time it is going through with the Lakers, so poorly classified that it is beginning to be a utopia that can be classified to play the 'playoffs'. It will be a hard setback for LeBron, who has played the last eight finals, has won three, had already played another in 2007 and played without interruption the 'playoffs' from the 2005-2006 season.
The excellence and the regularity of LeBron is impressive, whose performance shows no symptoms of decline, although this season he has missed 18 games, more than ever, due to a groin injury. But he maintains his extraordinary averages: 27 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8 assists. With that scoring average, he will oust Kobe Bryant the next season of third place in the list of top scorers in history. The comparisons are always relative. Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain they are the most effective in the history of the competition, with an average of 30.1 points each, followed by Elgin Baylor, with 27.4 and Kevin Durant, with 27.2. LeBron is fifth, with 27.1 points on average, slightly ahead of Jerry West.
1 Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 (Average 24.6)
2 Karl Malone 36,928 (25)
3 Kobe Bryant 33,643 (25)
4 LeBron James (32,311) (27,1)
5 Michael Jordan 32.292 (30.1)
6 Wilt Chamberlain 31.419 (30.1)
7 Dirk Nowitzki (31,364) (20.9)
8 Shaquille O'Neal 28,596 (23.7)
9 Moses Malone 27.409 (20.6)
10 Elvin Hayes 27,313 (21)
Michael Jordan's career was marked by his decision to play at the Birmingham Barons, a minor league baseball team, in the 1993-1994 season when he was 30 years old. After that year of interruption he returned to play four seasons with the Bulls, retired in 1998 and reconsidered in 2001 to end his career playing two seasons with Washington. In contrast, the regularity of LeBron is remarkable. In 16 seasons, it has 1,190 games, 118 more than Michael Jordan.
LeBron is 34 years old and, if he continues at the current pace, he will reach the first places in the classification of the most matches, led by Robert Parish (1,611), Abdul-Jabbar (1,560), John Stockton (1,504), Dirk Nowitzki (1,503) and Karl Malone (1,476). In addition, LeBron is the leading scorer in the history of the 'playoffs' with 6,911, ahead of Michael Jordan, with 5,987, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with 5,762. And as for games, it is the quarter that has played the most, 239, behind Derek Fisher (259), Tim Duncan (251) and Robert Horry (244).
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