The Los Angeles Lakers managed to beat the Dallas Mavericks despite playing back-to-back games. They managed to slow down Luka Doncic, who didn’t play on the same level as he did the last two games, and more importantly, the Lakers managed too secure an important win heading into the New Year and right before his 35th birthday.
Last night LeBron made NBA history, passing Gary Payton on the All-Time assists list and is now 9th. LeBron didn’t have a good shooting night, but he dished out 13 assists and is only 52 assists short of surpassing Isiah Thomas on the same list and will probably in the next couple of weeks land on the 8th spot. After the game, he talked with reporters about his ability to be a facilitator equally as good as a scorer. Depending on what the team requires from him, LeBron proved his versatility is still unmatched despite being 35 years old.
“It was something that was instilled in me ever since I picked up the basketball. My coach used to tell me it’s the greatest part of basketball to see the ball move from side to side. To be able to attract the defense and get your teammates open shots. When I was a little kid and somewhat better than my teammates, and it’s much more of a great award to see some of your teammates that can’t dribble or can’t score for themselves for you to get them an open look. That was instilled in me ever since I was nine years old.”
LeBron’s longevity might put him in the position of surpassing Steve Nash on the All-Time assists leaders. Nash finished his career with 10,335 assists, and if LeBron ends up having three or even four strong seasons, there is a legitimate chance he will end up third on this list. Passing Jason Kidd and especially John Stockton will be a hard task. Still, nevertheless, this accomplishment is already a solid proof of LeBron being one of the best points forwards in league history.