"It was very emotional," James said. "Very emotional. A lot of things that was going on inside of me at that point in time. I wanted to look up at the scoreboard to kind of see what was going on up there, but at the same time I didn't want to show what was going on behind that towel, so it's just crazy.”
James spoke of the surreal nature of out-scoring Jordan, his childhood hero.
“For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration and needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me,” he said. “I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneakers like MJ. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ.”
Jordan issued a statement Thursday on James’ achievement, saying, “I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career,” Jordan said.
Next, James will have to surpass Kobe Bryant, who has amassed 33,643 career points, to take over the No. 3 spot.
Karl Malone is ranked No. 2 with 36,928 points. Topping the list is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at 38,387 points.