Celebrities such as JAY-Z, Denzel Washington, Woody Harrelson, and Usher were present to witness the iconic Los Angeles Laker surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record.
LeBron James received massive support from a cohort of famous friends as he made history in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Among those present were JAY-Z, Denzel Washington, Woody Harrelson, Floyd Mayweather, Usher, Bad Bunny, Dwyane Wade, and LL Cool J, who all witnessed the NBA superstar break the all-time scoring record previously held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, his fellow Los Angeles Laker. Abdul-Jabbar, now 75, set the record back in 1984, which James surpassed in the third quarter after scoring 20 points in the first half, making history with his 38,388th point in the NBA. During the game’s pause to acknowledge the historic moment, Abdul-Jabbar came out to congratulate James, and the NBA later tweeted about the handshake, posting pictures of the basketball baton toss between the two legends.
During a mini-ceremony, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver congratulated LeBron James for becoming the all-time scoring leader in the NBA. Overwhelmed with emotion, James wiped away tears and expressed his gratitude to the crowd. He later added that it hasn’t quite sunk in yet and that he has a few more years left to play. Meanwhile, a video clip on Twitter showed JAY-Z sipping red wine in black sweats while sitting courtside next to Corey Gamble during the game.
JAY-Z was photographed fully engrossed during tense moments of the game and stood up to congratulate LeBron James after a big milestone moment. Rich Paul, Adele’s boyfriend and NBA manager, also hugged the legendary rapper. Mayweather wore a black Louis Vuitton hooded jacket and a massive gold chain while sitting next to Usher. L.L. Cool J wore black sunglasses, Denzel Washington represented the New York Yankees in an all-black baseball cap, and Woody Harrelson sat near tennis legend John McEnroe. Lisa Rinna, a Real Housewives alum, was also present. James posted pictures of himself dressed stylishly in an all-black, slim-fitting suit with the phrase “Just Stay Present Kid!” appearing to serve as a reminder for the basketball player. He also showcased a “Stay Present” pin designed by Olivia Steele and made by MAOR luxury jewelry.
During this season, LeBron James joined Abdul-Jabbar as the second player to exceed 38,000 points. He expressed his gratitude for being able to play basketball at the highest level and for inspiring different generations. James loves basketball and is proud to be part of the NBA. He acknowledges that his achievement is a significant accomplishment. Forbes recently released its Top 10 Highest Paid Athletes List, where James ranked second, the only male athlete to make the list.
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar expressed his excitement about LeBron James breaking his record. He shared with NBA reporter Marc Stein that he considers records to be human achievements rather than personal accomplishments. Abdul-Jabbar believes that if someone can do something that has never been done before, it gives hope and inspiration to others. He cited Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile record, which has been beaten by over 1,400 runners since then, with the new record being 17 seconds less. Abdul-Jabbar also stated that breaking records benefits everyone, and he would be cheering for LeBron if he breaks his record.