Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James passed Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list on Wednesday night, and the legendary Chicago star shared some words of praise for one of the game’s all-time greats.
Jordan, who retired in 2000 after an illustrious career with the Bulls and Wizards, issued a statement congratulating LeBron on his milestone, which he reached during the Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
“I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career,” Jordan said in a statement.
LeBron had his own words of praise for Jordan’s career, calling him an inspiration that set the stage for his own remarkable career.
“MJ was the lightning in a bottle for me, because I wanted to be like him,” James said. “He was everything.”
During the game, James wore sneakers with the phrase “Thank You M.J.” written on the side.
In case Chicago fans are curious, it took James 118 extra games to surpass Jordan’s career points total.