With LeBron James close to breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA scoring record, how much are tickets for game?
As it stands, it’s now a question of when rather than if the league’s best player will break the NBA’s all-time record. Needless to say, the price to see the team’s upcoming matches has gone up and up.
Lakers ticket prices skyrocket
Love him or hate him, LeBron James has the numbers to prove he’s among the greatest to ever play basketball. Truth be told, as he nears the league’s all-time record – currently held by Los Angeles legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – he essentially ends the debate over who the king of the NBA really is. It goes without saying that this is quite an achievement. Indeed, we imagine you’d probably love to see him make his mark on history, but the truth is, if you’d like to have that opportunity, it’ll cost you a pretty penny.
Tickets for The Lakers vs Thunder game on February 7, when LeBron James is expected to break the all-time record, are now selling for up to $75,000 each! 💰😳 pic.twitter.com/m7QByVT9PT
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) February 1, 2023
With James now just 89 points from the mark, it is highly likely that he will overtake Abdul-Jabbar’s mark in the next two or three games. In light of this, ticket prices for Lakers games have been derailed as anticipation grows. The Lakers are scheduled to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday next week, followed by a date with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. If we’re being honest, the entry prices for these two games are ridiculous. Right now, the cheapest ticket available from Vivid Seats for the Feb. 7 game against the Thunder will set you back $326 with an average admission price of $1,152. Then there is the Bucks game which currently has a lowest price of $357 and an average price of $1,302. To be clear, that’s a 390% and 175% increase on entry prices respectively.
What if LeBron James doesn’t break the record in the next 2 games?
If it were to happen that King James couldn’t take the throne after Thursday’s game, his next opportunity to do so will come on Saturday, when the Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. The average price for this game is currently over $850, but it is sure to increase if the record is still on the table at game time.
In his career, Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points and his has stood since 1984. Consider for a moment that James wasn’t even born when Abdul-Jabbar first broke the record. Of course, now that it’s in its 20th season, that doesn’t matter. Averaging 30.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists this season with the Lakers, the four-time league MVP is well on his way to truly becoming a legend. In his last outing, James recorded his first triple-double of the season on Tuesday against the New York Knicks. With this, he became the first player in league history to do so in his 20th season. Incidentally, he also passed Mark Jackson and Steve Nash to take fourth place on the NBA’s all-time assists list, while watching his teammate, Russell Westbrook, take tenth place. In the end, it won’t be cheap, but if you can afford it, you can say “I was there.”