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LeBron James shy of 30K points but not short on confidence

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PTI Not buying LeBron's latest IG post (2:29)

Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser are shocked LeBron James would congratulate himself on Instagram for approaching 30,000 points before it has even happened. (2:29)

LeBron James, never short on confidence, congratulated himself for reaching 30,000 career NBA points on Tuesday before he actually reached the milestone.

A post on James' Instagram account that included a photo of a young James in his high school uniform starts: "Wanna be one of the first to Congratulate you on this accomplishment/achievement tonight that you'll reach!"

Because he's seven points shy of the mark -- and felt compelled to congratulate himself in the first place -- James received some blowback for the move ahead of Tuesday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs.

Wanna be one of the first to Congratulate you on this accomplishment/achievement tonight that you'll reach! Only a handful has reach/seen it too and while I know it's never been a goal of yours from the beginning try(please try) to take a moment for yourself on how you've done it! The House you're about to be apart of has only 6 seats in it(as of now) but 1 more will be added and you should be very proud and honored to be invited inside. There's so many people to thank who has help this even become possible(so thank them all) and when u finally get your moment(alone) to yourself smile, look up to the higher skies and say THANK YOU! So with that said, Congrats again Young King šŸ¤“šŸ¾! 1 Love! #striveforgreatnessšŸš€ #thekidfromakronšŸ‘‘

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One user responded to his post: "Find someone who loves you as much as LeBron loves LeBron."

The last time James failed to score seven points in a regular-season game was Dec. 29, 2004, during his second season in the league. He's scored at least 10 in 836 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NBA history. He's averaging 26.8 points per game.

James added: "Only a handful has reach/seen it too and while I know it's never been a goal of yours from the beginning try(please try) to take a moment for yourself on how you've done it!"

When he does reach 30,000, James will join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Dirk Nowitzki in the club. He'll be the youngest to achieve the mark.

So it's fitting that James concluded: "Congrats again Young King."