LeBron James smashes another Kareem Abdul-Jabbar record, proving he’s the NBA’s ultimate iron man

LeBron James has played the highest number of minutes of any NBA player in history surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

LeBron James smashes another Kareem Abdul-Jabbar record, proving he’s the NBA’s ultimate iron man

LeBron James surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Via Olympics.com and Vanity Fair)

LeBron James has played the most minutes in the NBA. 66,298 minutes including the regular season, playoffs, all-star games and play-in games. And still counting. The “Kid from Akron”, whose mother gave up her child to foster parents as she thought he would have a better chance in life with them. LeBron James has continued to stun the world year in and year out.

In the Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers game, James surpassed the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most minutes played in the NBA. Officially that makes James the “Iron Man” in the world of basketball, it is a testament to his longevity and strive to keep his body fit above all.


LeBron James is about to turn 39 in December this year. And there seems to be no letting up. Many say the minutes played record cannot be broken once James hangs up his shoes. LeBron has been known for his dedication towards keeping himself fit and taking care of his body. His workout routines are followed across the world. It is not like he started doing this later in his career like some other athletes, he has been dedicated to fitness from the time he was drafted in 2003.

LeBron James in his 21st season

For a player playing in his 21st season, those numbers are astonishing. For reference no player who played in their 21st season averaged more than 7.4 Points per game. LeBron James is currently averaging 25.5 Points, 8 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game this season.

LeBron James
LeBron James (image via Twitter)

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham has a minutes restriction imposed on James. The goal for James is obviously at least a couple of more championships. For that to happen, James will have to take less of a load in order to keep himself fresh come playoffs time.


James has a wish to play alongside his son Bronny James in the same season. Bronny James will be eligible for the 2024 NBA Draft. The 2024 season will be James’ 23rd season, aged 40. If he can keep this level of fitness going, why not?

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