LeBron James is on the verge of breaking a record held by the late Kobe Bryant. Fans must certainly be aware that the NBA Christmas games will soon be underway. One of the matches will be the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.
As we already know, that matchup will primarily focus on LeBron James and Luka Doncic. Whether the King wins or loses, his very presence in this game has allowed him to surpass Kobe. Understanding what this unique record is and the symbolism behind it is certainly essential.
LeBron James will have played in more NBA Christmas Day games than Kobe Bryant
Since the NBA is in the United States, an integral part of Western civilization, Christmas day and other Christian festivals have always been focused on by the NBA. Despite this being an occasion to spend with family, a few special games will be played every Christmas.
This makes sense considering that a lot of people will be at home. Therefore, the television ratings for this game will be significantly higher. At least compared to a regular season game. As a result, Christmas games have been an opportunity for fans to witness key matchups and rivalries featuring the stars of the league.
LeBron James will be playing in his 17th career Christmas Day game, passing Kobe Bryant for the most games played on the holiday.
LeBron’s 422 points on Christmas Day are the most points scored on a single date in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/iVqyL6Ibts
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 25, 2022
LeBron James has been a star playing on Christmas day for a while now. In fact, that is the record he has surpassed Kobe in. The Black Mamba was truly box office and the Lakers almost always played on Christmas for many years. Bryant played in 16 NBA Chrismas games, from 1996-2015.
On the other hand, this will be the 17th Christmas Day game for the King. LeBron has certainly been the face of the league for almost two decades now. It would appear that fans have wanted to see more of LeBron, compared to Kobe over the years.