James has been the biggest name in the game since his rookie year.
Even before he got drafted, people were speaking of him as the next big thing in basketball and the generational talent that could change the industry.
Therefore, he has always known the pressure and anxiety that comes along with opening tip-off.
Most career points in season openers:
481 — LeBron James
463 — Karl Malone
431 — Michael Jordan
430 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pic.twitter.com/aZrCRaddVc
— StatMuse (@statmuse) October 18, 2022
He had made the most of his season openers.
James has scored 481 career points during season openers.
How many points will James add to that total on Tuesday night?
Not Slowing Down
Sure, James has experienced more injuries than normal over the last few years but that is to be expected for a man nearing his 40s.
The fact that he has stayed as healthy as he has is very impressive.
The intensity at which he’s been playing is also very impressive too.
James has had the fight and drive of a man half his age and has still been his team’s point leader.
In fact, he was in the running for the scoring champion of 2021-22 last season.
Age hasn’t slowed James’ talent nor has it lessened the amount of fight in him.
In the months ahead, he is sure to score many more points and will surpass Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading point scorer in the history of the NBA.
That all starts on Tuesday night as James and his Lakers attempt to course-correct and get back on track after last season.
As usual, James will be leading the way.