As he piles up the playoff appearances and chops down post season scoring and other records, LeBron James is setting a pace that now seems very difficult to match. Someone must come along at a very young age, remain healthy and deliver at such a consistently high level to even come close to his numbers. Maria Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal tackled the topic of LeBron and his playoff greatness:
At age 32, with 5,995 postseason points, he shows no signs of slowing down. At a pace like this scoring 30 or more points in 11 of the Cavs’ 13 playoff games and at least 35 points in seven James could make the New Orleans Pelicans or Detroit Pistons a title contender.
There is certainly no one close to him on the playoff scoring list who can catch him. Among the active players near the top, Tony Parker (4,012) stands ninth, Dwyane Wade (3,871) 11th, Dirk Nowitzki (3,663) 15th and Kevin Durant (2,872) 28th.
The pursuer will have to be a young player with similar God given gifts and a strong mind. He can’t be a one man show because his team won’t get far enough in the playoffs to allow him to pile up the points.
On Thursday night, after a celebration of the conference championship with water, not champagne, Jefferson wanted to get his take on James’ accomplishment out there before anyone else. So, surrounded by a small group of cameramen and reporters, Jefferson, 36, let loose.
“His record when he’s done will be unbreakable,” Jefferson said. “Like the Joe DiMaggio hit streak and Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100, there are certain records that will be unbreakable. Whoever tries to get to that is going to have to play in 10 NBA Finals and average 30 points a game to get there.
“What he’s doing right now is obviously on a level that has never been seen before. To pass Michael Jordan when you’re still in the prime of your career, one of the greats of all time If he adds another 1,000 points, who’s going to be able to come in and go to 10 NBA Finals in this modern day? Just to go to the playoffs every year, average 30, just the longevity to do that, the durability to do that, most guys are fortunate to play 10 years, to play 15 years. But to have to play 12 cheap replica jerseys
years and go to the Finals 10 times and average 30 points a game? It’s impossible. That record, I won’t live to see that record be broken.”
DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak came in 1941, helping propel the New York Yankees to a 101 53 record and a World Series triumph over the Brooklyn Dodgers. DiMaggio was surrounded by hall of famers Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing and manager Joe McCarthy.
James has wanted to “be like Mike” since he first started playing basketball. Back then, he was tall and scrawny, the inkling of what he would become drawn more from his skills and determination to develop an all around game than his body.
“I did pretty much everything that MJ did when I was a kid,” James said of the Chicago Bulls great. “I shot fadeaways before I should have. I wore a leg sleeve and folded it down so you saw the red part. I wore black and red shoes with white socks. I wore short shorts so you could see my undershorts underneath. I didn’t go bald like Mike, but I’m getting there. It will be post career, though. I even wore a wristband on my forearm. I didn’t do the hoop earring, either. That was Mike. But I did everything Mike did, man.”