When LeBron James walks off a basketball floor, with sweat dripping from his face and exhaustion filling his body, he can’t simply collapse on the floor and take a nap. He has an obligation to answer questions from a horde of media members.
Of course, that’s part of being a professional athlete. It comes with the territory, and James knows that. Still, there are some postgame interviews that must make LeBron scratch his head — like Sunday night’s edition, for instance.
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If he adds another 1,000 points — who is going to be able to come in and go to 10 NBA Finals in this modern age, in this modern day, just to have an opportunity to do that? Go to the playoffs every year, to average 30, just the longevity to do that, the durability to do that. Most guys are fortunate to play 10 years, you know play 15 years, but to have to play 12 years and go to the Finals 10 times and average 30 points a game? It’s impossible. I won’t live to see that record broken.
That’s certainly high praise, and Jefferson makes a good point. The reason Jordan’s record was attainable is because the Bulls legend played when the opening round of the playoffs was a best-of-five format and James’ opening round has been best-of-seven. So the added games, combined with James’ dominance, made it easier.
But the feat is still difficult to accomplish, and James just made it even harder. And as Jefferson points out, James is still in the prime of his career, so he could easily add another 1,000 or more points to his total. And that’s just scoring. He’s also top-10 in other categories for career playoff stats.
Game Youth Pekka Rinne Jersey Let’s take a look: James is seventh in rebounds (1,862), third in assists (1,439), second in steals (382), fifth in 2-point attempts (1,797), third in 3-point attempts (319), second in free-throw attempts (1,444), second in minutes played (8,915), and ninth in total games (212).