Lakers/Nets Opens 2021 NBA Preseason

NBA – On October 3, 2021 (US TIME) The Los Angeles Lakers host the visiting Brooklyn Nets for the opener of the 2021 NBA Preseason at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Arena was attended by many fans since the world pandemic happens and especially by the Lakers fans were they once again witness their newly formed roster at their house.

The game was attended by All – Star Players from both teams but not all of them played the game, especially if it’s just a preseason game.

The Lakers sit out 4 – Time MVP LeBron James, former MVP Russell Westbrook, 10 – Time NBA All –Star Carmelo Anthony and NBA Champion Trevor Ariza.

Meanwhile, Lakers superstar Anthony Davis who just returns from injury played 11 minutes with 6 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. Shooting guard Malik Monk led the Lakers in scoring with 15 points in 21 minutes of playing time.

For the Nets, their superstar trio, former MVP Kevin Durant, former MVP James Harden and NBA Champion Kyrie Irving all sit out of the game. Also with the 6 – time NBA All – Star Blake Griffin is also out of the game.

Meanwhile, the Nets welcomed the return of LaMarcus Aldridge, who happened to play the game after a short retired due to health issue. Aldridge drop 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assist in 15 minutes of playing.

The Nets easily defeated the Lakers in the preseason opener 123–97. Although it’s a win for the Nets and a loss for the Lakers again, it’s just a preseason game.

The real game begins on October 19, 2021 (US TIME) for the 2021–2022 NBA Regular Seasons, where both teams are the early favorite of meeting the NBA Finals.

The LA Lakers are the early favorite in the West, especially when they're healthy while the Nets in the East when they're healthy? 

Of course, there is the reigning and defending NBA Champion Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks to stop both teams in the Finals.

LeBron James the Youngest Player to Reach the 35,000 Career Points

NBA – On February 19, 2021 (Philippine Time) Lakers Superstar LeBron James becomes the youngest player to reach the 35, 000 career points, making him the third player in the league history to ever do it.

LeBron James reached the said milestone by a made free throw in the second quarter of their game against the visiting Brooklyn Nets at Staple Center in Los Angeles, California.

LeBron finished the game with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist to lead all scorers in the game. Unfortunately for James the milestone came in a losing effort as their loss to the Brooklyn Nets 98 – 109.

Meanwhile, LeBron James joins fellow Lakers and NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone a 2 – Time NBA MVP and Kareem Abdul Jabbar a 6 – Time NBA MVP and 6 – Time NBA Champion as the only three NBA players to reach the 35.000 career points.

Karl Malone currently holds the 2nd most career points in the league with 36,928 points and Kareem Abdul Jabbar at number one with the most points in the league with 38,387 career points while LeBron James in 3rd all time with 35,017 career points as of now.

Rounding the top 5 in the list of NBA All – Time Scoring List are at 4th Kobe Bryant with 33,643 career points and Michael Jordan at 5th with 32, 292 career points.

LeBron James is also one of the two NBA Players that remains active in the game of basketball aside from Carmelo Anthony, who is at 11th placed with 26,806 career points in the Top 25 of NBA All – Time Scoring List.

LeBron James is expected to surpass Kareem Abdul Jabbar in the NBA Scoring List if he remains healthy and continue to average 25 points per game in the next 3 or 4 years? A legacy that will surely be tough to beat in the next decade or two?