Letters: Kareem would possibly nonetheless be better than LeBron James

Sorry to disagree with you, Bill Plaschke, however you might be sufficiently old to know higher. Trying to call a basketball GOAT is like making an attempt to call one of the best vehicle ever made — you simply can’t. Each basketball period has its personal “greatest” checklist, and you’ll’t actually examine the sport because it was performed, the foundations as they had been, the competitors and make-up of groups as they stood, or the person gamers from technology to technology, no less than not with out a complete lot of qualification to equalize the comparability. Numbers are numbers. They don’t symbolize everything of anyone participant’s affect on a staff or on the sport general.

Right now, after all it’s LeBron James. But what about Stephen Curry’s affect on the sport? Or Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabber — there’s a “GOAT” case for every of them in their very own time and in their very own methods. And what about Shaquille O’Neal, Julius Erving, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and George Mikan?

And by the best way, if you happen to’d learn what Kareem needed to say about giving up his file, you couldn’t make such a adverse assertion about his on-court ceremonial passing of the ball to LeBron.

Barry Bauling


In one more shedding efficiency, LeBron James set a brand new NBA scoring file. He might have handed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in scoring however by no means in humbleness, class and staff play.

Kent M. Paul
Costa Mesa


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If you assign two factors for area objectives and one level at no cost throws, after Tuesday’s recreation, Kareem has 38,386 factors (he loses certainly one of his 38,387 factors) and LeBron has 36,153 factors. By the best way, utilizing the identical math, Karl Malone has 36,843 factors.

No query about it, Kareem is the GOAT.

Brian Lipson
Beverly Hills


I used to be disgusted by LeBron when he broke Kareem’s file. As quickly as he scored his thirty sixth level, it was all about him. He soaked within the adulation whereas his staff misplaced. He scored solely two extra factors whereas his staff misplaced. He took himself out whereas his staff misplaced. He made certain to make his approach over to get interviewed whereas his staff misplaced.

I didn’t learn certainly one of The Times articles on him the subsequent day. It’s all LeBron on a regular basis and The Times “buys” into it.

Steve Gonzales

Wonder what number of factors Kareem would have scored had he been in a position to go to the NBA immediately from highschool as was the case with LeBron? My guess can be one other 3,500 factors over 4 seasons.

Joe Cohen
Mar Vista


Raise a glass to honor LeBron, however let’s not overlook the actual goal of Lakers basketball: successful a championship.

Mark Mallinger


LeBron James has surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s profession NBA scoring file. But has he been named NBA Finals MVP at age 38, written acclaimed historical past books and articles about essential social points, or co-starred in a film as humorous and good as “Airplane!”?

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Stephen A. Silver
San Francisco


In all of the speeches and rhetoric after the feat, LeBron didn’t as soon as point out they misplaced a recreation they wanted to win. He has made it official that it doesn’t matter what he says it’s all about him and never his staff.

Flora Perry
Los Angeles


Can we as Lakers followers put aside the adverse chatter for a second? LeBron broke what many thought was an unbreakable file. Give the person his due!

Russell Hosaka