The 36 year old, Los Angeles Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, now in his 19th season moved past,Chicago Bulls legend, Michael Jordan on the NBA’s scoring list with a pair of free throws a little more than midway through the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 100-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves last Sunday. He moved into third place in his basketball career, reaching his 32,293rd point behind Kareen Abdul-Jabbar and Karlordan Malone with 38,387 and 36,928 NBA points, respectively.
For Bryant, THE MILESTONE IS NO SMALL FEAT.
I’m just honored to be here, man, to still be playing. I appreciate being able to play this long. Careers normally don’t last this long. I really appreciate the opportunity to still be out there playing and performing and doing what I do.”
Kobe, forged his Hall of Fame career in Jordan’s shadow, with every achievement measured against his idol almost since the day Bryant entered the league in 1996 at the age of 18. Jordan,on the other hand, had prepared a statement, offering his cool and impersonal greetings to Bryant, that stated:
I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone. He’s obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I’ve enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.” – Jordan told the Associated Pres.
Bryant’s twilight is undoubtedly a special moment in the history of basketball, even if he keeps on humbly denying it.
“I don’t even know how many points he has,” Bryant told Yahoo Sports. “I don’t even care.”
However, Bryant still has to sweep off two all-time greats,namely: Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But the question is, can he actually move past either of them? This derailing question, pops onto the minds of basketball enthusiasts due to Kobe’s health and his two-year contract that expires in 2016. Reports says that even if he continues scoring at this excellent rate, it would probably take at least two more years to surpass Malone, let alone Jabbar.