LeBron James Passes Karl Malone for 6th on All-Time Playoff Rebounding List

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James walks off the court after hitting the game winning shot to defeat the Toronto Raptors 105-103 in Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James now sits sixth on the all-time NBA playoff rebounding list after passing Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

The NBA noted James will need to overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to move into the top five, though that accomplishment is more than 400 boards away:


Congrats to @KingJames of the @cavs for moving up to 6th on the #NBAPlayoffs REBOUNDS list! #ThisIsWhyWePlay #WhateverItTakes https://t.co/xsRnOVgjRL

It's hard to keep track of all the different achievements the four-time NBA MVP reaches during the course of each postseason run.

Passing The Mailman, a playoff staple with the Jazz from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s, in a category that helped make the power forward a Basketball Hall of Famer is no small feat. Malone averaged 10.7 rebounds across 19 years of playoff appearances to reach his total.

Malone praised James during a 2013 interview with Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

"Let me tell you something," he said. "There's just a few guys I would go see play. Now, I'm not going to pay to see any of them play. But there are some guys that I like to see play, and to see how LeBron is playing with such a confidence and an aura about him, I absolutely love it."

More importantly for James, however, is beating the Celtics on Friday night to keep Cleveland's hope of another NBA Finals appearance alive. They entered the night trailing 3-2 in the series with the home team taking each of the first five games.

That's a promising trend for the Cavs as they look to force a Game 7 with a triumph at Quicken Loans Arena.


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