When Kobe Bryant finally hit 30,000 points in New Orleans on December 5th of last year, everyone was happy for him. Everybody wanted it for him, Laker fan or not.
It’s something that we don’t see everyday. Very similar to a Triple Crown in baseball. It’s rare. Before the Black Mamba reached the milestone, only 4 other players in NBA history had done it.
On the other hand, a good amount of players has hit 20,000. 37, to be exact. There will soon be 38, with LeBron James having 19,807 career points as of Tuesday. Only 193 points away.
On a Monday night win against the Magic, James dropped 36 points to inch him closer. In fact, in the past 6 games, he has been performing mightily well. Despite high numbers in rebounds and assists, he has scored at least 26 points in each of the past 6 games. This includes one 35 point, and one 36 point game in that span.
In addition to the recent performances, the reigning MVP has also raised his points per game average to an improved 26.3 on the season. So at this rate, with 193 points remaining, The King should hit the milestone in about 7 games.
It will be a remarkable feat to hit 20,000. Just as it was for Kobe to hit 30,000. The difference? Not everyone will be happy for LeBron. There will be some sort of criticism that arises from somewhere, as always is when speaking of James. But all Heat & LeBron fans will be happy for him. As he becomes the 38th player to conquer 20,000, and add another accomplishment to his résumé.