The impending achievement of LeBron James, star player for the Los Angeles Lakers, to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer has caused a surge in ticket prices for the games in which he is projected to break the record. James needs only 63 more points to surpass Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 points, which he could potentially do in the Feb. 7 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. This game, along with the Feb. 9 game against the Milwaukee Bucks, has been nationally televised on TNT, adding to the excitement and anticipation of seeing history being made.
The prices for tickets to these games are already sky-high, with the lowest cost for a seat through Ticketmaster being $369.05 with service fees. However, the prices only escalate with closer proximity to the action on the court. Two courtside seats for the Thunder game are currently being sold for $242,000 after fees, while a front-row seat between the scorer’s table and the Lakers’ bench is selling for $100,000 per seat. Other courtside seats are also available for sale for amounts ranging from $60,500 to $108,900. For the Feb. 9 game against the Bucks, the two courtside seats are still being sold for $242,000, but the cheapest seat in the house is even higher at $445.
While the prices for these tickets may seem astronomical, buyers should keep in mind that these sales are final and they are witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in NBA history. At 38 years old, James is playing at a level comparable to Tom Brady’s performance in the NFL even at the age of 45. He continues to improve his game and there is no telling when he will stop playing, especially with his son Bronny James soon eligible to play in the NBA.
With James’ average of 30.2 points per game, fans are eagerly projecting when he will break the record, and with each game he plays, they get a clearer picture. The price for these tickets may even increase as James continues to bring his point total closer to the record. To see one of the greatest basketball players of all time make history and break a record that has stood for decades is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the price for these tickets reflects that. Whether James breaks the record in the Feb. 7 game against the Thunder or the Feb. 9 game against the Bucks, fans are in for a treat as they witness history being made before their very eyes.