Possible feud between LeBron and Kareem, Do the two LA Lakers legends like each other ?

LeBron James' smooth fadeaway jumper at the top of the key brought his total to 38,388, narrowly edging Abdul Jabbar's-38,387.

LeBron James and Kareem Abdul Jabbar in a file photo (Image credits: Twitter)
By Niranjan Shivalkar | Feb 8, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers shared a moment after “King James” surpassed “Cap” as the NBA‘s all-time scoring leader. James’ smooth fadeaway jumper at the top of the key brought his total to 38,388, narrowly edging Abdul Jabbar’s-38,387. There were growing rumors that the legendary center would not attend tonight’s game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA, on the other hand, made him a guest, which quickly quashed the reports.

Abdul-Jabbar has never sought out media attention. That is, as much as he is able. If you’re a Lakers player, you can never really avoid the media’s attention. Kareem, though, who is a well-known introvert, has always acted strangely and coldly. But when fans saw him today, they realized that he wasn’t exactly cordial with LeBron James.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is loved and respected by LeBron James

LeBron James spoke with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon ahead of tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Several questions were answered by the four-time NBA MVP, including his correlation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “It’s all good. We’re part of a franchise that’s so historic in the game of basketball that means so much to so many people not only here in Los Angeles but all over the world. It just makes sense. It’s kind of weird that the stars aligned.”

Criticizing LeBron in the past 

The Superstar center has previously criticized LeBron James, he has criticized LeBron for his stance on the COVID vaccine. Kareem said, “LeBron James is not only one of the greatest basketball players ever, (but) he’s committed to being a leader in the African American community in the fight against inequality. But his Thursday Instagram meme showing three cartoon Spider-Men pointing at each other—one labeled “covid,” one labeled “flu,” one labeled “cold”—with his message: “Help me out folks” was a blow to his worthy legacy. The meme’s implication is that ()Lakers star doesn’t understand the difference (between/)among these three illnesses, even after all the information that’s been presented in the press.”.

But Jabbar has also expressed regret for his remarks and insisted that he did not aim to offend. James’ birthday greeting from “Cap” put an end to any brewing animosity, especially with James being close to breaking the all-time scoring record. “Happy birthday, LeBron. 38 is the new 38,388.” tweeted the legend. 

Tension between Chamberlain and Kareem

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had the following to say about LeBron James just nights before the historic moment. “When I broke Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring record in 1984 — the year LeBron was born — it bothered Wilt, who’d had a bit of a one-sided rivalry with me since I’d started doing so well in the NBA. I don’t feel that way toward LeBron.” 

James reached the magical mark it in typical fashion

The new scoring mark which was 38, 388. LeBron James carried it out in his customary style. For the basket, he fired off a fadeaway shot. James’ disregard for Kareem was also plain to see. He gave him his flowers, thanked him, and said he was okay with it. Kareem was also quite casual about the accomplishment.