Cavs’ J.R. Smith congratulates Lakers’ LeBron James on passing Michael Jordan
Via his Instagram, Smith gave the four-time MVP a quick shoutout for his milestone.
He also posted an old photo of them in 2017 when the Cavs made it into the NBA Finals.
“I think you did something or passed someone this day too but this one different!!! Bro you passed “Mike” like that’s OD real talk congrats bro! Love you kid”
James spent many quality seasons with the Cavs, and he entered the Lakers’ game on Wednesday against Denver Nuggets 13 points behind Jordan on the all-time scoring list. He passed the Chicago Bulls legend for fourth place during the second quarter via a layup and an and-1.
The 34-year-old finished the game with 31 points, bringing his career tally to 32,311 points. That puts him 1,332 points behind Lakers icon Kobe Bryant who has 33,643. Ahead of Bryant are Karl Malone who has 36,928 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 38,387.
Analysts and statisticians have calculated that if James can sustain his average in the last three years of his career, then he’ll have a great opportunity at taking the top spot from Abdul-Jabbar.
As for Smith, though still a member of the Cavs, he’s still sitting out after the organization failed to ship him out before the February trade deadline.
In November, Smith and the Cavs agreed to part ways after the former accused the organization of tanking and reducing his role.