Lakers say they'll scale back on LeBron's minutes

Arnold Nichols
March 9, 2019

LeBron James was sure to pay homage to Michael Jordan on the night he passed the Chicago Bulls legend on the all-time scoring list.

The veteran broadcaster went off on Rajon Rondo and the Los Angeles Lakers' leadership during the team's 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Davis also pointed out James' six more NBA Finals losses than Jordan, and "congratulated" James for playing 5,000 minutes more than the Hall of Famer.

Ahead of the game, James tweeted the game was going to be "UNREAL" and that he "can't even front".

Next on the scoring list is Kobe Bryant, who had 33,643 points in 20 seasons with the Lakers.

The Lakers' defeat against the Nuggets was their fourth in a row and saw them slip to 30-35 for the season, 6.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers, who hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. After just 10 games, the disgruntled player exiled the player.

Anthony averaged 13.4 points per game with the Houston Rockets in 10 games this season.

Five of the top six scorers in National Basketball Association history played for the Lakers, who signed James as a free agent last summer.

It happened late on the West Coast, but it was still historic.

The Lakers, meanwhile, are all-but eliminated from the NBA's postseason race.

James overtook Jordan with a driving layup in the second quarter. He finished the game with 31 points, giving him 32,311 for his career.

The Los Angeles Lakers are putting contract talks with free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony on hold unless they become playoff contenders again, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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