You know, that LeBron James guy is pretty good at basketball.
Just 17 days after his 28th birthday, the former No. 1 pick hit the 20,000-point mark for his career, making him the 38th player—and youngest ever—to accomplish the feat.
As it tends to do these days, Twitter exploded.
One milestone on the night clearly wasn't enough for LeBron, and Chris Paul was quick to congratulate him:
Chris Paul (@CP3) January 17, 2013
I'll give you one guess as to which record Paul—a true point guard—thinks is more impressive.
Here's an idea of what the two numbers look like next to each other (via ESPN Stats & Info):
LeBron James: 13 pts in 1st qtr, 5 shy of 20,000. He also picked up his 5,000th ast. He'd be the 13th in NBA history with 20K pts & 5K ast.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 17, 2013
Yeah, yeah, yeah. But we want POINTS! With a mid-range pull-up jumper in the second quarter, James reached the coveted mark (via Bleacher Report):
Congrats to LeBron James on becoming the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points! twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 17, 2013
Numbers Never Lie also commemorated the occasion with a fancy picture:
LeBron hit 20K! Here's a comparison of LeBron and MJ at the time of their 20,000th point: twitter.com/ESPN_Numbers/s…— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) January 17, 2013
As you can see, this achievement will undoubtedly further fuel a LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate, but this Kevin Hart parody account (there's a Kevin Hart parody account?!) noted that Jordan has a very, very important step up on the Heat superstar:
LeBron's better than Jordan? Lol ya, right... Holla at me when LeBron saves the Looney Tunes from an alien race.— You Gone Learn Today (@KevinHart2ReaI) January 16, 2013
But this was LeBron's day. He deserves the attention, so here's a congratulatory tweet from Heat owner Micky Arison:
Congrats to Lebron @kingjames— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) January 17, 2013
Meanwhile, NBA blogger Sean Highkin had this...stat:
LeBron might have a triple-quintuple by the time his career is over.— Sean Highkin (@shighkinNBA) January 17, 2013
Don't worry, it checks out. Just 5,000 assists and a little less than 5,000 rebounds to go!
Then there was this (via ESPN's Chris Palmer):
LeBron kneeled in front of Red Panda I'm-not-worthy-style before leaving the floor.— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) January 17, 2013
Not Bill Walton, of course, had to make a hair joke:
LeBron is the youngest to score 20K! He is also the youngest to win 1st prize in the Sherman Hemsley look alike contest. #CongratsBron— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) January 17, 2013
But he ended it with "hashtag Congrats Bron," so it's OK.
Finally, FOX Sports Florida offers this intriguing question for thought:
What do you think?