Mar 20, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT
In the first of roughly a trillion records that will someday belong to LeBron James, Friday night he became the youngest player to reach 15,000 points in his career.
His new mark knocks Kobe Bryant out of the top spot by nearly two years (James is 25 years, 79 days). LeBron came into the league more NBA ready than Kobe, who was somewhat of a scrawny kid trying to shoot his way into playing time on a team filled with veterans. LeBron was beastly strong from day one, could get to the rim and came on to a pretty bad team where he was the instant leader and asked to score. And he did. A lot. He’s very good, in case you hadn’t noticed.
This is a record that may never be broken — LeBron came to the NBA right out of high school, something nobody can do anymore. Players have to spend a year in college now before they can be drafted, because we all care deeply about their education. It’s not about the owners trying to save themselves from themselves because they kept drafting and overpaying some high school kids who were not ready for the jump, setting their franchises back. That’s not it at all. It’s never about the money. It’s about the education.
Bottom line — LeBron is very, very good. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress.