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Dodgers Star Mookie Betts Congratulates Lakers’ LeBron James for NBA Scoring Record

On Tuesday night, Lakers forward LeBron James scored his 38,388th career point to pass former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in NBA history. Kareem, who held the record for 39 years, was in attendance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to congratulate LeBron on the accomplishment.

Abdul-Jabbar, of course, is an LA legend, having played the final 14 seasons of his 20-year career with the Lakers and leading them to five NBA titles. James is a relative newcomer to the city, playing in just his fifth season with Los Angeles after 11 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers (in two different stints) and four seasons with the Miami Heat.

After LeBron set the record, another relative newcomer to Los Angeles had a special message to share with the king. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, eight years younger than James but also a former MVP and among the best at his craft, shared a message of congratulations on social media through the Dodgers’ Twitter account.

“Yo Bron, congrats on the scoring title, man. That’s huge. You already know how big that, is especially for a pass-first guy, so for you to get this scoring title is huge. Like I said, I wanna congratulate you on your success and thank you for laying out the blueprint for all the rest of us, man. We’ll be watching you for forever. You’re a legend, and I think you know that. It’s been a pleasure to watch you from high school all the way to now, and you maybe got a couple more years left in you. Again, man, I wanna say congrats and I’ll see you soon.”

It was a big night in Lakers history, so it only made sense for the face of the Dodgers to be involved in a small way.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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