Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said it was "surreal" after he passed Tim Duncan on the list with most playoff wins. James led the Lakers past the Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their first round series and he is now second on the all-time list with 158 wins in the postseason.
Duncan, a five-time NBA champion, collected 157 playoff wins during his illustrious career. Derek Fisher leads the all-time list with 161 playoff wins -- a record which appears to be set to be broken by three-time NBA champion James this postseason.
"It's just always surreal for me when my name is associated with any of the greats," James said of the feat, per ESPN. "And obviously, you know how great Tim Duncan was in this league with that franchise.
... Basically, he lived in the postseason. That was his address. So, for me to be linked with a great in the Big Fundamental, it means a lot."
Duncan told James he would dominate the NBA
After sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals, San Antonio Spurs legend Duncan told then the 22-year-old James "this is going to be your league in a little while."
"How did I feel in that moment? We had just got swept, so I didn't feel great about it. I actually felt like s---," James said Saturday. "And he gave me a smile by saying that." Last season, James said it would be incredible to play with Anthony Davis.
Then last offseason the Lakers worked out a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans to bring Davis to Los Angeles. After losing Game 1 to the Trail Blazers, James and Davis both stepper up to help the Lakers take a 2-1 lead.
"Because we're two guys who know who we are," James said. "We know who we are as human beings. We're not trying to be nobody else but our own identity, our own self. "And when you know yourself and when you're confident in what you do both on and off the floor and you know what you represent, then there's no ego.
There's no ego. We want both of us to succeed, both on and off the floor. We want our families to be happy. We want each other to try to be as happy as possible. There's no ego, so, when you're able to figure that out in life -- who you are and what you stand for, then nothing else matters."