In a remarkable display of endurance and skill, LeBron James has once again etched his name in the annals of NBA history by surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record for the most minutes played in the league. During a recent game against the Philadelphia 76ers, James achieved a milestone of 66,319 regular season and playoff minutes, narrowly eclipsing Abdul-Jabbar's impressive 66,297 minutes.
This achievement comes from James breaking another of Abdul-Jabbar's long-standing records in 2023 when he became the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Abdul-Jabbar, a legendary figure in basketball, had set a formidable mark of 38,387 points.
In comparison, James has played 1,720 games, steadily closing in on Abdul-Jabbar's career total of 1,790 games.
Chasing Parish's Record
However, Abdul-Jabbar does not hold the record for the most games played in the NBA. This distinction belongs to the Celtics' icon Robert Parish, who played 1,795 regular season and postseason games.
While James still trails several players in regular season appearances, he stands as the undisputed leader in postseason games, with a remarkable 282 games to his name. As the Lakers gear up for a potential playoff run, there's a growing anticipation that James might surpass Parish's record by the end of the postseason.
Now in his 21st season in the NBA, a career that began straight out of high school in 2003, James' longevity and performance continue to defy the odds. Even at this advanced stage of his career, he remains a dominant force on the court, averaging 25 points per game at the start of the season.
Honoring LeBron's Legacy
Adding to his illustrious career, James recently celebrated the opening of the LeBron James Home Court Museum in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. This museum, a tribute to his journey and achievements, was inaugurated during a visit to Ohio, where the Lakers faced the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James' deep connection with the Cavaliers is well-documented, highlighted by his pivotal role in securing the franchise's first-ever NBA championship 2016. As the season progresses, speculation about James' future continues to swirl.
His current contract with the Lakers includes a player option, allowing for extending his stay in Los Angeles for another season. This flexibility adds another layer of intrigue to what has already been an extraordinary career, one marked by record-breaking achievements and a relentless pursuit of basketball excellence.