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Chicago paper brutally shades LeBron James over passing MJ on scoring list

LeBron James passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Wednesday night, and a Chicago newspaper utilized the remarkable career milestone to delightfully shade the Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

James surpassed Jordan’s 32,292 career points during the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets, becoming the fourth-most prolific scorer in NBA history.

James’ accomplishment without question is a remarkable achievement, so the Chicago Tribune felt compelled to report on the development. It’s just that the Chicago paper opted for a radically different route than the worshipful tone typical of other reporting.

Taking a shot at how James has been swept out of the NBA Finals twice is about as stone-cold as trolling can get. The Chicago Tribune was not done quite yet, however, adding the following witty dispatch.

The slight is of course a reference to Jordan’s starring role in “Space Jam,” and with James set to star and co-produce in the upcoming “Space Jam 2,” it was a timely and topical zinger.

It’s hardly surprising that a Chicago-based paper would demonstrate extreme loyalty to MJ, who remains unquestionably the most iconic athlete ever to play in the Windy City. That said, Jordan did congratulate James for the achievement, albeit in a brief, to-the-point statement.

Further, it merits noting that the Chicago Tribune has turned shading the city’s athletic rivals into something of an art form, so the wisenheimers behind the above tweets are building off a solid, if snarky, foundation.