As LeBron James reached another milestone Wednesday to pass Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, a couple of former teammates took notice and offered their congratulations.
Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson, who played alongside James in Cleveland, playfully roasted James for his latest feat while calling him a “ball hog.”
From the visitors locker room at Barclays Center, Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye mockingly congratulated ex-teammate LeBron James tonight on passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list: pic.twitter.com/EV3TSELx0n
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 7, 2019
Frye started the conversation by saying, “It’s a huge accomplishment for a guy like him who’s shown his consistency of ball-hogging.”
Jefferson then chimed in and said, “He never passed the ball. Why don’t you try and pass like the all-time assist leader? Why don’t you try and pass John Stockton instead of trying to pass Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar]? Can you do that?”
The two then went back and forth as they joked about James:
Frye: “Come up off the rock, buddy. Dribbling the air out of it. It’s ridiculous. It took him long enough. What is this, 19 years?”
Jefferson: “It took him years! God, if I kept playing, I would have passed people too.”
Frye: “If I just shot 14, 15 times a game….. Anyway, congrats man, you deserve it. You suck.”
Jefferson: “It couldn’t have happened to a better guy. Except for me or him.”
James needed 13 points entering Wednesday’s game to pass Jordan, which he accomplished during the Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Nuggets. It took James 1,190 games to reach that mark, while Jordan needed 1,072. James now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643) on the all-time scoring list.