LeBron James is 'no Michael Jordan,' says Skip Bayless

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David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

With James playing alongside four youngsters who came in with a combined 200 games of National Basketball Association experience compared to LeBron's 1,190, the Lakers almost rallied from a 23-point deficit in the fourth quarter. "Me and my friends, all we ever talked about was MJ". Some days you don´t even think you´re going to make it to the next day because of the way things are going. I was young, and clung to the concept of home with a deathgrip despite having left myself, both for college and an internship soon after.

To be fair to LeBron, he recently became the only player in National Basketball Association history to reach the all-time top 10 in both points and assists. "Except for me or him".

"MJ had a lot to do with me making it out (of poverty) as well as my mother". James moved into fourth place with 32,311 points for his career, trailing leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).

Next on the list is Kobe Bryant, who finished his career with 33,643 points.

James has three National Basketball Association titles to his credit and Malone has none, but the other three members of the top five in scoring have extensive ring collections.

When you can pass a legend like Michael Jordan it is a great moment and it takes a special person to pay homage to greatness while passing his idol. LeBron is exactly that and he showed why in more ways than one.

James might now have the edge in terms of points, but that does not mean he has yet matched Jordan's tallies in terms of field goals or free throws made. He added a lay-in and jumper to match Jordan early in the second quarter and then broke the record soon after.

"I knew coming into this year that it would be different", James said after the Lakers' loss to the rival Clippers on Monday night.

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