Jason Whitlock: “Last night [Tuesday] was no big deal to me. I attended a Nashville Predators hockey game and skipped LeBron's historic night. Against a mediocre Oklahoma City Thunder squad and suspect defense LeBron James scored 38 points and surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Jabbar sat courtside, a bevy of celebrities filled Crypto Arena, sports pundits hailed the feat as basketball's version of Hank Aaron surpassing Babe Ruth as the Home Run King in 1974. LeBron's sycophants took to Twitter to argue the feat proves that James is superior to Michael Jordan. James' NBA peers and elder Statesmen claimed the feat which Abdul-Jabbar held for 40 years was ‘unimaginable.’ The truth is that it's a feat that was far more ‘inevitable’ than ‘unimaginable.’ Kareem spent four years at UCLA, LeBron entered the NBA straight out of high school. The NBA significantly reduced the physicality of its league since the 1970s and 80s when Kareem ruled. Players and teams score far more points per game than twenty or even ten years ago. Players launch three-pointers at their leisure. LeBron is kissing 40 in the mouth and he's averaging 30 points per game. That's a testament to rule changes and the cheapness of buckets more than LeBron's dominance. I'm just not that impressed with LeBron passing Kareem. The whole over-the-top celebration of it reminds me of the Chris Rock bit, ‘I take care of my kids!’...What, do you want a cookie? You're supposed to take care of your kids. LeBron was supposed to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It's similar to how I feel about Tom Brady and all of his passing records. I totally agree with Trent Dilfer, the mediocre NFL quarterback who spoke the truth about the modern NFL during an ESPN documentary, saying ‘modern-day game does not impress me. It's super easy when you don't get hit as a quarterback and when you can't reroute receivers, and when you can't hit guys across the middle. I love Tom Brady, I love Aaron Rodgers, I love these guys, it's not impressive.’ That's what Trent Dilfer had to say, he took a lot of heat for that but this is such an obvious truth, it's not even debatable. If Tom Brady played football in the 1970s he would have retired at age 36 or 37 with four or five Super Bowl rings. It’s true about ALL sports. Baseball doesn't allow you to slide into home [plate] the way Pete Rose did. Last night at the Predators game, the first thing I noticed was the reduction in physical contact since the last hockey game I attended five or six years ago. Technological advances with golf clubs and balls have made golf easier. I'm not an old man wishing for the old days, I'm an old man acknowledging that the reduction in degree of difficulty has diminished everyone's accomplishments and harmed the games. But let me refocus on LeBron. There's only one individual record that matters in the sport of basketball, and only one feat that compares to Hank Aaron passing Babe Ruth… It’s Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game. One hundred is the only number that matters in basketball. It's a magical number. If LeBron James wanted to impress me he'd score 100 points in a single game. It's a lot easier to score 100 points today than when Wilt did it in 1962. That would be impressive, that would be an accomplishment LeBron could use to argue that he's in the same class as Michael Jordan. Passing Kareem? So what. LeBron admits he's not even a ‘scorer.’ A non-scorer is the NBA's all-time points leader. That speaks to how cheap the NBA has made a bucket. We should put the NBA in charge of eggs and gas...the NBA knows how to deflate and diminish things.” (Full Segment Above)
Watch Jason Whitlock of ‘Fearless’ explain why we shouldn’t be impressed by LeBron James passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, as Whitlock discusses why modern personal statistics across sports have been watered down and delegitimized.
Check out the segment above as Whitlock details which statistical feat would actually impress NBA fans.
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