The reaction seemed fitting for a player who idolized Jordan growing up. This is going to be UNREAL! James is now fourth on the list of points leaders, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant.
What it didn't do was convince a couple of James' former teammates that LeBron is anything but a "ball hog".
No matter how bad things get for the Lakers-and they're already plenty bad-LeBron James vows to keep playing.
Channing Frye: "If I just shot 14, 15 times a game.... So to pass him in anything, especially scoring, would be something that we aren't going to see very often".
But James has never been a score-first player, instead dominating the league and winning three titles with his mix of shooting, playmaking and brute physical brilliance.
Jefferson, who spent two seasons alongside James in Cleveland before his final National Basketball Association go-round with the Nuggets, echoed Frye's critiques. "He makes everybody around him better. I know that LeBron James is arguably one of the greatest ever to lace them up, and this is a great accomplishment in his career".More news: Joey Logano holds off Brad Keselowski at Las Vegas — NASCAR Winner Spotlight
"That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up", James told ESPN, referring to the Lakers coach as well as, most likely, everyone from general manager Rob Pelinka, to president Magic Johnson, to governor Jeanie Buss.
But if his point production takes a dip in that crucial four-year stretch, perhaps due to age and team construction, James could still notch the milestone should he decide to play longer.
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on February 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Since the injury, the Lakers have posted a record of 10-21.
After eight straight trips to the NBA Finals, the 34-year-old has played by far the most minutes of any player in the NBA since 2010.
Following Wednesday night's defeat to the Nuggets, the Lakers dropped to 30-35 and fell six games behind the eighth-place Clippers with 17 games remaining. "Throughout it all, keep your head high, and you keep pushing forward".