LeBron James: Records are made to be broken, even his own
LeBron James is on the verge of breaking a record held by Michael Jordan. And the notion of passing MJ seemed to put the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar in a philosophical mood about such things, including his ultimate legacy.
James earlier this week tied Jordan for consecutive games scoring 10 or more points. Heading into Friday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, both James and Jordan stand at 867 straight games in which double-digit points were reached. To put it in its proper perspective, the last time James scored less than 10 points in a regular-season game was Jan. 5, 2007.
James was reflective Friday morning about the notion of reaching such a remarkable milestone, noting that one day another player of course could come along and break it, or any other record he owns or will own, for that matter.
“I think records are always meant to be broken,” James said following shootaround Friday morning, via Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor. “At the end of the day I think a lot of people didn’t believe Mike’s record would ever be broken, so who am I to say that mine won’t be, if I’m able to accomplish this tonight? We’ll see.”
A reasonable observation, without question. However, sitting in second place among active players with games in which 10 or more points were scored is James Harden, who has done so in 257 straight games. With that in mind, James will hold onto the record for quite awhile should he break MJ’s record, which is of course expected, even if the streak stopped at 868.
James was asked his specific opinion of breaking this particular record.
“I don’t know. It’s not like I set out to say that I want to be the No. 1 in scoring 10 points, double digits or consecutive games or whatever that and whatnot,” James said. “But anytime like a statistical category comes up and I’m able to accomplish something like that, I mean it’s pretty incredible.
“… So to be able to tie Mike the last game and have an opportunity set the record tonight is a pretty cool achievement.”