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”I can truthfully say that I'm jealous of that feat“ — Shaquille O'Neal on LeBron James potentially passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA All-time scoring list

If he averages 27.1 points (his career average) every game and doesn't sit one out, LeBron will pass Kareem on January 25th.
LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal

LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal

This season, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James will pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA's all-time scoring list. At this point, it's not a matter of if but when — as James is 1,325 points away from dethroning Abdul-Jabbar. Most NBA analysts have predicted James to achieve this new record midway through the season if his health permits.

The King will break a record that hasn't been touched in 38 years, and it will be a massive night not just for LeBron but the league as a whole.

Shaquille O'Neal admits he's jealous of LeBron's incoming achievement

As early as now, a handful of former and current NBA players have spoken about James' incoming prestigious achievement. One of them is former Lakers legend Shaquille O'Neal, who admitted that he's envious of the opportunity for James to surpass Abdul-Jabbar.

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"LeBron's about to do something that hasn't been done in a long time and I think he will put his move up there," Shaquille O'Neal said in his latest appearance on the "IMPULSIVE" podcast. "To pass up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, I can truthfully say I'm jealous of that feat."

O'Neal finished his career with 28,596 points and is currently 10th on the all-time NBA scoring list. Meanwhile, James, who is entering this season with 37,062 career points, is poised to pass Abdul-Jabbar in the Lakers' 49th game of the season (January 25th, to be exact) if he averages 27.1 points (his career average) every game and doesn't sit one out.

How James has mastered the art of durability and longevity

James is entering his 20th season with no signs of slowing down. He's still easily could be considered a top-5 player in the league, which is mindblowing to think about because it's unprecedented for a basketball legend to be going this strong in year 20.

According to the 4-time champion, his motivation to stay in top form comes from his doubters (ahem, Skip Bayles, ahem), who no longer think he's still capable enough of playing at a high level.

"I literally try to prepare my mind and my body and my soul on how I can stay young in a young man's game," James said last season. "The people that's always trying to chase you or people that kind of say that you're too old to be at this [level] still. So, it's just always a daily reminder, and sometimes you do have to remind people that you can still do what you do at a high level."

James, who signed a contract extension with the Lakers in August, has at least 2 more seasons with the purple and gold. Only time will tell if he can pass and create more groundbreaking records, but as of right now, The King has his eyes on Abdul-Jabbar's unprecedented scoring accomplishment. 

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