With his 32,293rd career point, LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Only you might not have known it based on Thursday's coverage.
"On a night when Lakers fans should celebrate LeBron James’ feat, it feels awfully gloomy," read the headline of a column by prominent Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke.
"Even six months into his first season as a Laker, James isn’t yet a Laker," Plaschke wrote in a column just as much about the Lakers struggles this season as the unique -- and arguably awkward -- scene on Wednesday. "The fans don’t consider him family. His team doesn’t consider him their leader. His lack of physical and emotional investment in the basketball portion of his great Los Angeles adventure is paying the sad dividends of a man who, on the court, appears very much distant and alone.
"This truth was obvious Wednesday not only in the weird environment, but on that colorful scoreboard, where nearly all of his highlights were accomplished in the uniforms of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat."
Plaschke's words were harsh.
Perhaps more tellingly, they were also largely true.
While it would be disingenuous to call the reaction James received upon passing Jordan tepid, it also paled in comparison to the reception he received upon returning to Cleveland as a visiting player last November. Heck, even San Antonio Spurs fans seemed to give James a better reaction when he became the youngest player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points a season ago.
To Plaschke's point, the awkwardness of James' latest career milestone was only punctuated when the Lakers played a tribute video in an ensuing timeout. The video, if nothing else, was accurate, primarily showcasing highlights from his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat.
Perhaps James' time in Los Angeles was always going to be awkward, given that he spent the bulk of his career elsewhere and the Lakers already possess the most storied lineage of players in league history. The team's struggles this season, however, have only amplified that dynamic -- and it wasn't just Plaschke who noticed.
It's worth noting that James is still less than a year into his four-year contract with the Lakers, so perhaps there's time for all this to change.
But considering that the next player the 15-time All-Star is slated to pass on the all-time scoring list is Kobe Bryant -- and he'll likely do so next season -- it might be better if his next career milestone occurs on the road.