LeBron James did something Tuesday night that only six other NBA players have ever done.
James has officially joined the ultra-exclusive 30,000-point club after entering the game against the Spurs Tuesday just seven points short. He is the seventh player in NBA history to achieve that mark, and one of two active players — along with Dirk Nowitzki — to reach 30k.
This benchmark also means James is in a club all on his own. He’s the only player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 7,000 assists and 7,000 rebounds.
Bizarrely, James was the first person to congratulate himself on social media prior to the game on Instagram.
Wanna be one of the first to Congratulate you on this accomplishment/achievement tonight that you’ll reach! Only a handful has reach/seen it too and while I know it’s never been a goal of yours from the beginning try(please try) to take a moment for yourself on how you’ve done it! The House you’re about to be apart of has only 6 seats in it(as of now) but 1 more will be added and you should be very proud and honored to be invited inside. There’s so many people to thank who has help this even become possible(so thank them all) and when u finally get your moment(alone) to yourself smile, look up to the higher skies and say THANK YOU! So with that said, Congrats again Young King ??! 1 Love! #striveforgreatness? #thekidfromakron?
After James reached the 30K club, and the game was over, several fellow peers and fans have been congratulating the King on social media, including Kobe Bryant and Drake.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) January 24, 2018
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 24, 2018
Congrats @KingJames. Welcome to the club!!!
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) January 24, 2018
James finished with 28 points on 10-of-23 shooting from the field in the Cavaliers’ 114-102 loss to the Spurs, upping his total to 30,021.
“Just a special moment,” James said after the game. “I just started thinking about everything. My journey from being a kid who first picked up a basketball when I was 5 years old to first playing organized basketball when I was 9 all the way up to this point.”
When it’s all said and done, James could end his career as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. He’s a little more than 8,000 points behind the NBA’s best scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. If he averages slightly more than 25 points per game over the next four seasons, he’d top him by age 37.