At 28 LeBron will most likely become the youngest to 20,000 points tonight as he is only 18 points away.
@SherwoodStrauss brought up an interesting thought... If Durant can't catch LeBron's future All Time points total, perhaps no one will. Consequence of an age limit.
This is obviously assuming LeBron does score 18 points tonight, and 18,000 more points over the rest of his career and passes Kareem. At 28, 10 years in and a little over halfway there he would need to play another 10 years to get that right? His scoring will go down at some point in his career. Yet he is a tank and could very well play for a long period of time. We have never seen an athlete quite like him before either. If he does eventually do so, having that title under is belt will do wonders for his GOAT consideration and ranking. I have him number 2 already so....
I don't see the age limit going back down and see a better chance of it going up if anything. Who knows though. Interesting to think about..... I will be watching him tonight, and hopefully for a very long time. He is a joy to watch.
Michael Wilbon said with lebron's current pace he will break the record around 35; ain't nobody gonna cath the dude from brazil, he scored 49,000 career points!
Has Wilbon been your "sources" this entire time?
Lol noo, i remember watching "the decision" and they were listing cool facts about LeBron, try again buddy
"youngest to 20,000 points TONIGHT as he is only 18 points away."
but the Heat don't play tonight!?!?!?
Thought I saw a commercial on ESPN for them vs GS tonight, it is tomorrow. What a terrible mistake!?!?!?
While I do think LeBron's greatness, and the daunting magnitude of the all-time scoring record make it a difficult, nigh-impossible, one to claim, I don't think the age minimum makes it necessarily more difficult.
Some of the preps-to-pros guys either needed time on the bench to develop, or were essentially done as great players younger than most, due to their advanced wear. Guys like T-Mac, Jermaine O'Neal- they dropped off at younger-than-expected ages AND spent their first seasons riding pine. Of course, a combination of luck, preparation, and good genetics could, and likely will, extend a career like LeBron's.
I think a player most likely to break LeBron's would-be record would be another Alcindor/Abdul-Jabbar: a scoring big with career longevity.