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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thinks LeBron can break his MVP record

May 6, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

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In the Greatest Of All Time discussion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gets short shrift. Maybe it’s because he was 7-feet tall and because of his fundamentals made it look too easy, but the man has six championship rings, a couple finals MVPs, 18 All-Star Games and he scored more points than any player ever  in the NBA. He should be in the conversation.

And he has six MVPs, a record for most by one player.

But Kareem thinks LeBron James — who officially was given his fourth MVP on Sunday — could break that record. That’s what Abdul-Jabbar told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“As long as LeBron stays healthy and keeps playing the game at a high level, he, of course, could break my record,’’ Abdul-Jabbar wrote in an email to FOX Sports Florida minutes after James had been awarded his latest trophy. “The challenges he faces are getting injured or losing interest.’’

Considering LeBron is 28 years old, he very well could win two or three more. He’s good enough, he’s in the prime of his career and already has four.

Certainly injuries could be a setback. So could voter fatigue — he’s won two in a row and if Kevin Durant or a healthy Derrick Rose or a handful of other guys has a monster season that approaches LeBron they could get the votes they need.

Still, LeBron’s on a historic pace. In 15 years we very well could be talking about him the way we talk about Kareem and the other elites the game has seen.

  1. BigBeachBall - May 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Wheres my statue?

  2. logisticalvoices - May 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I am no LeBron fan, but it’s a joke that he wasn’t a unanimous selection. These award votes (not just in the NBA) should be transparent. Let these media-types be scrutinized to the same level that they scrutinize athletes every day.

  3. mungman69 - May 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    LeBron is the best. No one else is close.

    • fanofevilempire - May 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      just because he is the best player does not mean he is MVP.
      Bosch
      Wade

      • badintent - May 7, 2013 at 3:16 AM

        Bosh got owned by Noah. Bosh Soft

    • llfreedman - May 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Right now for sure. I hope he keeps up his incredible pace and durability.

      Still most impressive NBA stat I’ve ever seen (other than 100 points) is Kareem winning Finals MVP in 1971, and then nearly 15 years later in 1985. Let’s hope Lebron can keep it up and match that amazing durability!

  4. fanofevilempire - May 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    see Gary Wasburn Boston Globe on ESPN, he makes a good point.

    • thestudiokida - May 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      no

    • logisticalvoices - May 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      fanofevilempire: Just because Gary Wasburn outed himself in the Globe this morning doesn’t change the problem with the voting system for most of these pro-sports awards. And, no. He doesn’t make a good point. He wants attention. Period.

  5. funktron2x - May 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Bosh and Wade aren’t winning any titles or 66 games without LBJ. He is by far the most valuable player in this league since Jordan.

  6. lilpine09 - May 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Ok well while I agree melo had a good year this clowns statement that melo is more valuable to the Knicks is wrong they played slightly better without him once again! We can’t compare that to lebron considering he only
    Missed 6 games remove lebron this team doesn’t win as much with wades knees no offense to the heat but this dude was the igniter my opinion that’s more valuable then a guy who’s team won without him playing better how does that make melo more valuable guy just wants to be different

  7. DonRSD - May 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    This guy will be the GOAT NBA Player when he retires.
    Love watching him, it will go fast.

    LBJ > Jordan

  8. musician0785 - May 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Kareem is the GOAT

    • mydoghasfleez - May 7, 2013 at 4:39 AM

      Wilt is

  9. lakerluver - May 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    K.A.J. is the greatest basketball player that had ever lived!! I didn’t say NBA player. I said basketball player, meaning, compare his accomplishments from high school through pros with anyone and he comes out on top.

    • mytthor - May 7, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      No, if you’re just talking accomplishment, no one compares to Russell.
      11 Championships in 13 years, 5 time MVP, back to back college championships, and a gold medal.

  10. 13arod - May 6, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    he can and he will

  11. tsoul007 - May 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    LeBron “King” James is the MVP no matter what anybody says or feels. He worked hard for the award and his record shows that. I’m really not worried about Gary Washburn’s vote for Melo. It was obvious that Gary did not understand what he was voting for; or he got mixed up. I believed that Gary thought that he was voting for an MVP on a team. He didn’t realize that he was asked to cast his vote for THE LEAGUE’S MVP. That is the only thing that could explain his state of mind when he casted his vote.

    Anyway, I take Gay’s action as a misunderstanding of the question on the ballot. Moreover, he has the right to vote any way he chose. We live in a free country and there is freedom of speech. I’m sure that Gary knows that LeBron is the best basketballer on planet earth right now. When he (King LeBron) is done, then someone else will take over. Congratulations to LeBron “King” James on his 4th MVP award.

  12. realninerfan22 - May 6, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Gary makes a great point.. Melo is carrying a team with jr smith and a bunch old washed up players from,my generation.. Lol lbj is playing with 2/5 allstar starters, a champion in d wade who already had a ring, who already provin he’s a championship caliber leader and player. The knicks have one 2 guys who can create there on shots, the heat have 4.. Melo has to be that guy in the 4th in close games, lbj doesn’t. Ray Allen, d wade has proven to be way better clutch players then lbj has ever been.. How many times we seen the heat close out a game where lbj is on the bench 4 or 5 times this year.. Bosh is also clutch to go along with Chalmers whi has hit big shots.. Lbj is playing on a team that makes his job easy, while melo has it tough.. Melo is the knicks, the heat wud still be a top seed in tbe east without lbj…

  13. badintent - May 7, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Knicks are a Nursing home age wise.Melo put them on his back, his boards were up and he played much better defense. LBJ has a much younger team around him and has much better inside players to work with. Knicks are a raining 3s team and J.R. space shots. No comparison. Watch the videos, not just the stat sheet.

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