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LeBron James becomes NBA's leader in total minutes played, but Lakers suffer humiliating defeat; James focused on improving team's performance.
In Monday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, LeBron James became the NBA's all-time leader in total minutes played, including the playoffs. Despite this milestone, James expressed his lack of enthusiasm for the achievement, stating that it doesn't mean much to him. The game also marked a less glamorous moment for James, as the Lakers suffered a devastating 138-94 loss to the Sixers, marking the worst loss of James' career. Although James scored 18 points, he went without a rebound and sat out the fourth quarter as the Sixers dominated the game. The loss was the seventh straight defeat for the Lakers against the Sixers, and they trailed by 25 points at halftime.
When asked about how a team should react to such a loss, James expressed his own displeasure, stating that he doesn't like it. However, despite the disappointment of the defeat, James' new milestone is an impressive one. With 30 minutes of play on Monday, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's total minutes and has now spent over 46 total days on the NBA basketball court, including playoff minutes. While he is still behind Abdul-Jabbar in regular-season minutes, he has the potential to surpass this mark if he remains healthy this season and returns next year.
Since entering the league in 2002, James has consistently met and exceeded expectations, earning numerous accolades and achievements. He has been an All-Star every year except his rookie season, and has been an All-NBA player 19 times. With four regular-season MVPs, four Finals MVPs, and four titles, James has solidified his place as one of the greatest players in NBA history. Last season, he surpassed Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA's all-time scoring mark, and to surpass this new milestone, a player would have to score over 39,000 points.
Despite these individual achievements, James and the Lakers are facing challenges this season. With a record of 10-8, they are currently eighth in the competitive Western Conference. When asked about what needs to change for the Lakers to improve their standing, James remained brief in his response. The team has higher hopes for the rest of the season, aiming to bounce back from Monday's defeat and climb up in the standings.