The 34-year-old star passed Jordan with a layup in the second quarter of the Lakers’ matchup with the Nuggets.
LeBron James moved in front of Michael Jordan and into fourth place on the NBA all-time scoring list Wednesday.
The 34-year-old star passed Jordan with a layup in the second quarter of the Lakers’ matchup with the Nuggets. The Lakers congratulated James and played a tribute video for him at the next timeout.
— NBA (@NBA) March 7, 2019
The star became emotional on Los Angeles’ bench during the video.
It’s all sinking in for LeBron. pic.twitter.com/PAOuKPCeZc
— ESPN (@espn) March 7, 2019
Los Angeles, however, received some criticism for the way it handled the celebration.
Lebron James passing Michael Jordan was the most underwhelming piece of history I’ve witnessed at Staples Center. By both the ceremony and the fans, both relatively understated, he was treated like a visiting player..which, face it, he still is…column coming..
— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) March 7, 2019
The way that got handled here made what should’ve been a MOMENT feel like a moment. No prolonged ovation. No presentation of the game ball. No real moment of connection between LeBron and the crowd. Just a video package.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 7, 2019
The 15-time All-Star signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with Los Angeles this summer and has averaged 27 points per game this season. But, the Lakers have not met expectations as they entered play Wednesday with a 30-34 record.
James and Jordan are widely considered the two best players in NBA history. Jordan won six titles and five MVP awards during his 15 seasons with the Bulls and Wizards.