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What did the Lakers give Lebron James for breaking the all-time NBA scoring record?

Lebron James overtook Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s top scorer of all-time last month. Now he has another personal memento.

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 26 : LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball as Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks defends in the second half at American Airlines Center on February 26, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. The Lakers won 111-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Ron Jenkins / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

LeBron James’ list of achievements in the NBA already made impressive reading before he finally logged the ultimate entry last month when he became the top scorer of all-time in the best basketball league in the world.

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The 38-year-old Lakers forward, now in his 20th season in the NBA, edged past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to take a points record which had stood for 34 years. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ended his career in 1989 with 38,387 points, one of several NBA records on his retirement (most career games: 1560, most field goals: 15,837 and most minutes played: 57,446).

The record finally fell on 7 February this year after weeks of speculation. Lebron went into the Lakers’ clash with Oklahoma City Thunder at the Crypto.com Arena requiring 36 points. With 20 seconds left in the third quarter, he pinged in a fadeaway shot to make history. Even though the Lakers couldn’t celebrate the moment with a victory, history had finally been made.

The NBA’s all-time points record is the latest in a long line of achievements which include:

  • The most 20-point games in NBA history (1,171)
  • The most consecutive double-digit scoring games (1096 games)
  • The most All-NBA First Team selections (13)
  • The most all-time playoff points (7,631)
  • The most all-time playoff wins (174)
  • The most all-time playoff games (266)
  • He is also the only player in NBA history to record at least 30,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, and 10,000 assists; and joins Michael Jordan as the only two players in NBA history to win at least four NBA MVP awards and four NBA Finals MVP awards

To celebrate LeBron’s new points record, the Lakers presented their star with a specially-commissioned commemorative pendant. Fashioned in solid gold and set in diamonds, the piece was designed and created by New York-based jewelers Eliantte and Co. The custom-made pendant features a lion’s head with the player’s initials and the numbers he has worn during his career: 23 and 6. On the reverse are the logos of the three teams he has played for (Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and the Lakers) along with a list of his stats. It is bordered by the words proclaiming his new title, in capital letters: “NBA All-Time Leading Scorer”.