Lakers, LeBron agree to minutes restriction

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While it looks poised to be a disappointing first season in LA for James, who appears in line to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005, he can console himself with another outstanding individual achievement. "Just in a sense of some days when you don't think you're going to make it to the next day where I grew up just because of everything that's going on".

LeBron had MJ in mind on the night he surpassed the star and wrote a message to Jordan on his shoes.

"Hopefully I can inspire the next kid like myself".

Michael Jordan probably has respect and a certain level of admiration for LeBron, but at the end of the day, these two don't even play together and yet they still have to constantly compete because of the media.

"It was like meeting Jesus". "You suck.You owe me a bottle of wine".

"MJ had a lot to do with me making it out (of poverty) as well as my mother".

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores to pass Michael Jordan and move to #4 on the NBA´s all-time scoring list- AFp
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores to pass Michael Jordan and move to #4 on the NBA´s all-time scoring list- AFp

Per Haynes, a conversation was held between James, his trainer and the Lakers front office, and it was determined James would be placed on restriction.

It will then be a long road for James before he leapfrogs Malone, who has 4,617 more points after garnering 36,928 points during his time with the Utah Jazz and the Lakers.

After the game, James said Jordan was his inspiration growing up.

The first target for James is Bryant, who collected 33,643 points throughout his storied 20-year career with the Lakers.

After James barreled to the basket and hit a layup while being fouled for his milestone points, the Staples Center crowd gave a rousing ovation to the superstar who joined the Lakers last summer after 15 National Basketball Association seasons spent with Cleveland and Miami. He added a lay-in and jumper to match Jordan early in the second quarter and then broke the record soon after. "Knowing that moment was a few minutes ahead of him, I think that did something to him, nerve-wracking, that he doesn't feel normally at the start of a game".

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