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LeBron James follows Moses Malone ‘s advice, to surpass Shaquille O’Neal in scoring

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LeBron James, Kyle Korver
LeBron James, Kyle Korver

In retrospect, one just knew LeBron James was special coming into the league from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in the 2003 NBA draft. At one glance, fans instantly acknowledged his size versus his age, the prowess and speed.

But LeBron James isn’t all just that- a bundle of superior physical attributes such as the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, or Kobe Bryant. He would soon improve on his shooting, even now stepping behind the arc, and as the Cavs beat the Warriors last season his leadership left NBA fans in awe.

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On Tuesday, the 31-year-old LeBron James has already come a long way by moving ahead of Moses Malone in scoring. As the Cavs played against the Bucks James scored 34 points, earning him a total of 27,442 points, ahead of Moses Malone ‘s (27,409 career points).

An NBA analyst expects him to surpass Shaquille O’Neal very soon too. If LeBron James continues to score 25 points per game and play 73 games this season, he will finish the season ahead of Shaquille O’Neal for seventh place, according to a report by USA Today.

Shaquille O’Neal has a record career point of 28,596 (23.7 ppg).

LeBron James reflects on Moses Malone in his rookie year

“Just talked about what it’s like to be a rookie in the league,” James said. “He gave me a bunch of stories, and so it was very sad when I saw him pass. And, obviously, you know every time I saw him, I called him Uncle Mo every time because he was always just there for me.”

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“It was just great to see him — a guy who had accomplished so much in the league and that was the start of my journey.”

LeBron James continues to dominate the NBA and looks to defend their title this season with pride. Many feel it will be a rematch of last season’s finals against the Warriors who’ve now turned into a super team with the addition of Kevin Durant.

On dominating the league, again, James reflects on what Moses Malone did in his time.

“I just think [of] his dominance in his era,” James said in a report by ESPN. “His ability to score the ball, his ability to rebound the ball. He’s just very dominant. He was the first person that I actually got an opportunity to see my rookie year…”

“It was just about hard work and dedication,” James said. “Whatever you give to the game, the game will give back to you. … That was already in my head, but when you hear it from someone who had accomplished so much, it resonates even more.”

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