LeBron James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar last season to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer, a record that has stood for nearly 40 years. James holds a new record that will likely not be broken for many years to come.
The Los Angeles Lakers star has scored at least 10 points in 1,188 consecutive regular-season games dating back to January 2007, and will be pitched against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET on ABC). James, who plays against the Reds, has had very few close calls this month. He had just 10 points against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday and 12 points against the Miami Heat on Jan. 3.
That got us thinking about records in other sports that seem unattainable. Whether it's because the game has changed since it was set up, the ridiculous talent of its holders compared to other teams in the league, or a mix of both. Here is a short list of records that will probably never be broken. At least it won't be broken in our lifetime.
Emmitt Smith: 18,355 rushing yards
Active Leader: Derrick Henry (9,502)
Dallas Cowboys great Emmitt Smith broke Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton's rushing record of 16,726 yards. Of course, Smith wasn't quite done yet. He played two and a half more seasons, ultimately gaining 18,355 yards.
This is a milestone that is unlikely to ever be broken. First, we're talking about Emmitt Smith. The guy ran through 1,000-yard seasons basically forever like clockwork. But the NFL has also changed quite a bit since then. The offense isn't as focused on running backs as it was before, and it seems impossible for Smith to play as long as he did as a ball carrier.
Jerry Rice: 22,895 receiving yards
Active Leader: Julio Jones (13,703)
There was something wonderful about the rice 14 He had seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards, including three seasons with over 1,500 receiving yards. A big part of this was his incredible durability. He only played fewer than 16 games twice in 21 years. Rice also had the good fortune of going from one Hall of Fame quarterback (Joe Montana) to another (Steve Young). But the truth is, for 20 consecutive years, Mr. Rice could not have made the discovery more or less alone. This also explains why no one can match his receiving touchdown record. He has 197 touchdowns and the next highest receiver, Randy Moss, has 41 fewer points than him.
Active leader: Sidney Crosby (972)
The old saying about “The Great One” is that even if he never scored a goal in his career, he would still lead the NHL in total points based on assists alone. To understand how difficult it is for someone to do it, you have to: average Achieving 98 assists per year over a 20-year career would only get him closer to that total. In fact, no player has recorded more than 98 assists in a single season since Wayne Gretzky in 1990-91. Players other than Wayne Gretzky have only accomplished that three times in total (Mario Lemieux twice, Bobby Orr once).
Cy Young: 749 complete games
Current leader: Adam Wainwright (28)
Unless there is dramatic Despite the change in the way the team approaches pitching — to the point where “every pitcher has literally become a robot” — no one can come close to Young's complete-game record. All MLB pitchers totaled 36 complete games in 2022. Young alone had 36 or more complete games in 11 seasons. At this point, it seems highly unlikely that anyone will come close to Young's 511 wins or his 315 losses anytime soon.
Wilt Chamberlain: 50.4 PPG in one season (1961-62)
Active leader: James Harden (36.1 PPG in 2018-19)
Kobe Bryant was a prolific scorer, right? In the 2006-07 season, there were 10 games in which he scored 50 points or more. From 1961 to 1962, Wilt had 45 games of 50 points or more, 15 games of 60 points or more, three games of 70 points or more — oh, and one game where he scored 100 points. . This won't happen unless the NBA introduces four-point shooting. And still…
Active leader: Denver Nuggets (1)
Do you know how difficult it is to win just one title in the NBA? Shaquille O'Neal/Kobe Bryant The Los Angeles Lakers have won three straight. The Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson/Draymond Green Warriors came close to winning their fourth straight championship, the only time LeBron James & Co. beat them in 2016. James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh won back-to-back titles.These were some can't believe it Teams… But in the modern NBA, almost every team is hard to beat when it comes to the playoffs. The Celtics had the advantage of an all-time player in Bill Russell, an all-time coach in Red Auerbach, countless players considered legends, and an NBA with fewer than 10 teams.
Simone Biles: 23 gold medals in world gymnastics
Active Leader: Simone Biles
To give you an idea of how far Biles is from her competitors, gymnast Svetlana Khorkina, who has the next most medals in terms of world gold medals, has nine. No other active female gymnast has two, perhaps because they had the great misfortune of competing at the same time as Biles.
Cal Ripken Jr.: 2,632 consecutive games played
Active Leader: Matt Olson (457)
This is another one of those records that says more about how games are played these days than anything else. Indeed, Ripken was unusually durable. But recently, you may have been encouraged to take a few days off from time to time to ensure you get enough rest.
University Huskies women's basketball: 111 consecutive wins
Active Leader: South Carolina Shumcox (16)
The next highest record on this list (90) is also held by the University Huskies, so if we were to see this record broken again, it would likely be in Storrs, Connecticut. However, realistically, Geno Auriemma's teams have been so dominant historically that it's hard to see even a new version of them going on such an absurd unbeaten streak again.
Active leader: Elvis Andrus (347)
Baseball writer Bill James once said that if you split Rickey Henderson in two, there would be two Hall of Famers. Well, even if you split him up into four players, there's still a guy who steals more bases than the current leader. People still carry out large-scale base stealing operations. Jose Reyes stole 78 in 2007. However, Henderson's sheer consistency and longevity make this record unattainable. In other words, someone who steals 78 bases in a year would have to maintain that record for at least 18 seasons to break Henderson's record.
Michael Phelps: 28 Olympic medals
Current leader: Ariana Fontana (11)
Phelps not only has the most medals in Olympic history, he also holds the record for gold medals (23) and individual gold medals in a single Olympics (8, Beijing 2008). There are many swimming events, so there are many opportunities to win, but Phelps' dominance remains unmatched by any other Olympian.