LeBron James has done it.
With a contested fadeaway jumper in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Lakers forward became the all-time leading scorer in NBA history, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for that singular honor. James managed the feat in 150 fewer games than Abdul-Jabbar, and considering the season he has been having at age 38 — averaging 30 points per game — it doesn’t seem like he’ll be letting up anytime soon.
Considering the magnitude of James’ accomplishment, it was no surprise that luminaries from the NBA and beyond came out to pay tribute to the King on social media.
As soon as the pregame fit and headband came out, some players knew the record was about to fall.
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— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 8, 2023
Bron’s outfit said “today is the Mf day” 😅🤣🤝🐐
— kuz (@kylekuzma) February 8, 2023
Lebron Dressed So Clean .. He definitely breaking the record tonight #holdat
— Carlos Boozer (@MisterCBooz) February 8, 2023
He put the big headband on…. Bron is breaking the record
— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) February 8, 2023
This gotta be the night Bron gets it!
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 8, 2023
James’ peers in the NBA were some of the first to offer him congratulations on breaking the record.
Congrats @KingJames …legendary stuff right there #38388
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) February 8, 2023
Greatest of All Time 👑
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) February 8, 2023
38388 and counting… congratulations @KingJames!!
— Chris Paul (@CP3) February 8, 2023
This WILD!!! Unreal. Actually doing this like THE 🐐should!
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) February 8, 2023
The greatest !! congrats to @KingJames
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) February 8, 2023
One of One! Congrats bro @KingJames
— James Harden (@JHarden13) February 8, 2023
True Greatness. Incredibly grateful to have witnessed and been a part of your journey. History made.
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) February 8, 2023
All time scoring record is crazy. Witness history 🔥 @KingJames
— Seth Curry (@sdotcurry) February 8, 2023
Congrats @KingJames 👑
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) February 8, 2023
s/o Bron, the word generational can’t even explain it man
— Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) February 8, 2023
This historic moment is so special because we will never see another LeBron James. He’s always been a pass-first leader whose ability to make his teammates better is one-of-a-kind; which makes his breaking the record even more incredible!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) February 8, 2023
Congrats Lebron, the scoring king. I never thought I’d see a player get close to MJ’s greatness but Lebron is making me rethink all of it 🐐
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) February 8, 2023
Beyond the court
Celebrities and other athletes also commented on James’ big night.
On a step back too! 🐐!!!! @KingJames
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) February 8, 2023
Kongrats King!! Glad to say I’ve shaken your hand brudda. God bless you and the fam and the homies.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) February 8, 2023
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) February 8, 2023
The fact Lebron can just show up know he can just easily go get this 36 is insane in itself!!
— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) February 8, 2023
Bron Going Krazy‼️
— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) February 8, 2023
— Enrique Hernández (@kikehndez) February 8, 2023
HISTORY. Congrats King @KingJames
— jp crawford (@jp_crawford) February 8, 2023
Being the all time leading scorer highlights greatness and longevity. It’s hard to perform at that high of a level and have the health to match. It’s been crazy to watch in real time. GOAT!!!!
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) February 8, 2023
What a time to be alive to able to witness history being made. As a diehard sports fan I am in awe of what @KingJames has accomplished! Congrats King ✊🏾
— Calais Campbell (@CalaisCampbell) February 8, 2023
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 8, 2023
Wild to witness someone from Northeast Ohio doing this ! Congrats @KingJames !!!
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) February 8, 2023