LeBron James will not settle for breaking records if the los angeles lakers keep losing.
In an interview with ESPN on Friday, James discussed his approach to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. all-time scoring record since his team is below .500 on the season.
«I want to win. [The losing is] It doesn’t feel good to me,» James told ESPN. «I don’t like having accomplishments, and it doesn’t feel good, when it’s a failed effort. . . . So now that we’re sitting here as a franchise and as a team that’s under .500, we’ve been playing some good basketball lately, but we want to, and I want to win at the highest level. Breaking records or setting records or going big in a losing effort has never been my DNA.»
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James will surpass Abdul-Jabbar as the All-time leading scorer in the NBA sometime this season, provided he can stay healthy in his 20th NBA season.
He currently sits at 37,928 points, just 459 points behind Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.
But while James has shown no signs of slowing down in his 20th NBA season, his Lakers have shown no signs of being able to compete in the Western Conference.
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LA has missed the playoffs in two of James’ four seasons in a Lakers uniform, and at 18-21, LA currently ranks 12th in the West.
Following a loss to the Miami Heat in late December, LA’s fifth loss in six games, James expressed his frustrations. as the losses increased.
«I’m a winner and I want to win,» James said. «And I want to win and give myself a chance to win and continue to compete for championships. That’s always been my passion. That’s always been my goal since I entered the league as an 18-year-old kid from Akron, Ohio.»
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«And I know it takes steps to get there, but once you get there and you know how to get there, playing basketball at this level just to play basketball is not in my DNA. It’s not in my DNA anymore. So we’ll do it.» . see what happens and see how fresh my mind stays for the next two years.»
James signed a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension that runs through the 2024-25 offseason.
Fox News’ Chantz Martin contributed to this report.