Happy 36th birthday to LeBron James -- four-time NBA champion, four-time MVP, 16-time All-NBA, 16-time All-Star, six-time All-Defensive Team, NBA scoring champion, and as of yesterday, the only guy in NBA history to score in double digits in 1000 consecutive games.
LeBron had a team-high 23 points in the Lakers' 121-107 victory over the Spurs. Still, none of the 11 Field Goals made was as important as the one with 6:15 remaining in the second quarter when LBJ nailed a jump hook for his 11th point in a game, extending his double-digit scoring streak to quadruple digits.
I just go out there and try to prepare and be the best every night I step on the floor. If I'm in uniform, I've got to do things that help our team win. If it's scoring, rebounding, defending, assisting, doing little things. Just be available for my teammates throughout the course of the game when I'm on the floor, also on the bench. And I've been fortunate enough to do that throughout my career for the majority of it.
LeBron James, ESPN
The last time LeBron failed to reach a 10-point threshold was on January 5, 2007, when he put up 8 points in a win against the Bucks. Since then, there were only three games James finished with exactly 10 points. The rest was done with ease.
With his performance against San Antonio, LeBron solidified his spot at the top of the NBA's longest double-digit scoring list -- a record previously held by Michael Jordan at 866 games. It's been nearly two years since the Lakers superstar passed MJ, and he's showing no signs of slowing down. And whether you like the guy or not, that's something to admire. Coach Pop sure did after the game.
It's a tribute to both his intelligence level and his tenacity, his character, his commitment to excellence. You combine those things and you get what we see in LeBron James after all of these years. He looks pretty much like when he first came into the league.
Gregg Popovich, ESPN
Popovich proceeded to praise LeBron, saying, "his mental state along with his physical state really makes him very special, probably more than anybody who has ever played the game." And he's right. LeBron's longevity is unprecedented. The fact he's doing it for so long, at such a high level, truly is something to appreciate, and it'll take a long time before we get to witness anything similar. Just like it'll take a long time for this, and all the other longevity based records set by the Lakers superstar, to be broken.
18 years into his NBA run, and he's still going as strong as day one. Father time might be undefeated, but it's yet to beat LeBron James.