It's only taken 14 years, but LeBron James has finally passed the ghost in Chicago.
No, not as the greatest basketball player of all-time -- not yet at least -- but in a category which illustrates James' longevity and durability.
Playing in career game #1,073 against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night, LeBron passed Michael Jordan in regular season games played.
Granted, James has only moved up to 82nd on the all-time list of games played -- which is currently led by Celtics legend Robert Parish, who played 1,611 games over 21 seasons -- but in LeBron's quest to become the GOAT once all is said and done, this stat is just another feather in his cap over Jordan.
James was always going to pass Jordan in games played, considering the fact LBJ entered the NBA straight out of high school while Jordan spent 3 years at the University of North Carolina, as well as retiring not once, but twice. This gives James an advantage when it comes to comparing the pair's total career stats across their career.
Despite this advantage, Jordan actually beats out LeBron when it comes to a few categories, namely scoring and defense, which you can read more about here.
King James is only a few weeks away from turning 33, so it seems he has a long way to go until he decides to hang the jersey up, giving him plenty of opportunities to rise up the games played list.