LeBron on passing Oscar Robertson in all-time assists

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has once again risen through the ranks in a new statistical category.

After an evening of seven assists in the loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, James moved up to No. 7 on the NBA’s assists list. James overtook Oscar “Big O” Robertson, who had 9,887 assists in his 14-year career from 1960 to 1973.

After the game, James – who wasn’t yet sure he had passed Robertson – explained what it meant to pass out of an NBA legend.

“I’m a gaming historian and I know the Big O quite a bit. From his day, from high school to the University of Cincinnati playing for the Cincinnati Royals to Milwaukee and so on, which he meant to the gaming – what it still represents to gaming – is something that is just unprecedented, ”said James.

James, a 6-foot-9 forward with skillful ball handling and a vision for someone his size, said tall guards who could set up teammates helped build his own craft.

“Obviously he will always have a connection with Russ (Westbrook), which they have been able to do for several seasons. But he was one of the first big, prominent guards who could do just about anything on the pitch. But his ability to involve his teammates, his ability to provide that feeling of joy on the floor because of the pass is something that I have always respected and that I have always attracted. Guys like him and J (ason) Kidd, Magic (Johnson)… every time I’m connected with the bigger ones is a real honor, ”said James.

The next player to be overtaken by James is Magic himself, who has collected 10,141 cents in 13 seasons.

James needs 254 assists to get past Johnson. LeBron currently has 6.6 assists per game. With that average and 41 games to go, James will have 270 if he doesn’t miss a game, which would surpass Magic.

John Stockton is No. 1 on the list with 15,806 assists, nearly 4,000 more than No. 2.

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