Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ‘Not At All’ Bothered By Lebron James Beating His All-Time Scoring Record, But Doubted Anyone Ever Would
Social media may have misinterpreted NBA icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s response to the recent historic night in basketball.
After sports fans speculated the Laker’s legend was upset by Lebron James, 38, surpassing him in most points scored of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s friend claims that couldn’t be further from the truth.
According to reports, former Lakers player and close companion of Abdul–Jabbar, James Worthy, recently gave insight on the celebratory night. Reportedly, Worthy sat next to his 75-year-old former teammate and watched as James broke his friend’s nearly 4-decade-long record. After being asked if Abdul–Jabbar was bothered by the moment, Worthy reportedly responded:
“Not at all…Kareem was overwhelmed and for those of you who knew Kareem 30 years ago, Kareem has come full circle in life and really is enjoying himself and enjoying just living.”
With this bucket, LeBron James moves past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer! pic.twitter.com/N6V5RxPe6r
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“I mean, he said that records were meant to be broken. I don’t think he thought anybody would break it but I think Kareem handed it over with grace.”
Viewers watching the Lakers vs. OKC game on Tuesday (February 7th) harped on Abdul–Jabbar’s demeanor during the night. Many pointed out the athlete seemed wholly underwhelmed by the entire experience. Specifically, when he got up to pass James the symbolic record-breaking basketball and posed for pictures after.
As we’ve previously covered, Abdul–Jabbar and James have not had the best relationship through the years. Just last year, the vet hooper circulated headlines after bashing James due to, in Abdul-Jabbar’s opinion, “encouraging hesitancy” towards the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, it seems Worthy may have suggested fans misconstrued sadness for anger. Speaking on his own feelings towards the record-setting shot, Worthy stated:
“I was a little sad to see the record being broken ’cause I just love Kareem. He’s my best friend on the team. I’m sure somewhere down deep in his heart, he’s had it for so long that it becomes a part of you that you never think it’s gonna leave you.”
“Not to be able to say that again, it’s probably something that he’ll miss, but his body of work will never be forgotten.”
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