The Los Angeles Lakers are still on the verge of playoff contention.
But even if they don’t reach the postseason territory this season, the 2022/23 campaign would still be historic for the purple and gold.
It was the season when they saw LeBron James climb in the NBA rankings and become fourth on the all-time assists list (10,338), passing legendary point guard Steve Nash (10,335) and trailing only Chris Paul (11,249), Jason Kidd (12,091), and John Stockton (15,806).
Notably, Nash took to Twitter to congratulate James on such an incredible milestone, which happened just one week before he breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record for the most regular-season points scored ever (38,387).
Many more to come…Congrats @KingJames !! https://t.co/9aercxfC6O
— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) February 1, 2023
This season is a true testament to LeBron James’ greatness, but it’s also a statement as to how durable he’s been throughout the full two decades he’s been in the league.
It’s hard to think about a player who could reach or top LeBron’s numbers at this point, especially with all the load management, players sitting back-to-backs, and nit-picking when and where they want to play after getting a little sore.
James didn’t start load managing until his age-36 season, and he rarely missed any game with an injury, all while also being one of the league’s leaders in minutes played.
So, while getting the most assists and/or points doesn’t mean he’s the greatest player of all time per sé, being available is a huge part of the job, so he’s most definitely the most durable and consistent player this game has ever seen, at the very least.NEXT: Russell Westbrook Came Through In The Clutch Once Again