Kobe Bryant 13 points away from joining the 30,000 club

Kobe Bryant.

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Kobe Bryant heads into the Los Angeles Lakers game tonight against New Orleans Hornets knowing that he is just 13 points away from joining the 30,000 points club.

During the tough loss last night against the Houston Rockets, Kobe recorded 36 points, leaving him 13 shy of joining the illustrious list of names who have already reached the 30,000 point barrier.

It’s inevitable that Kobe will score the required 13 points and in doing so, he will become the youngest player to record the feat. Currently Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for the youngest to enter the list when he was 35 years and 179 days old, 10 days younger than Karl Malone.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is currently the highest point scorer with 38,387 points, a figure that not even Kobe will reach in the remaining couple of years he has left playing.

Kobe entered the NBA at the age of 18 and has been played with significant minutes ever since his arrival. At the tender age of 34, he is currently the highest point scorer in the league this season.

The Black Mamba will go down in the history books as one of the game’s greatest players ever. Cynics of Kobe would point out that Michael Jordan accomplished the achievement in 7,000 fewer minutes as the battle of who is the greatest continues.

Despite being compared to Jordan through-out most of his career, Kobe has never been allowed the chance to set the pace. However, he has built his own legacy built on hard work and dedication of his work ethic.

The success achieved by Jordan has only spurred on Kobe to achieve what he has today. Fair enough–Jordan achieved the record in quicker time, but Kobe has been doing it for longer.

There won’t be much compensation for Kobe when he knocks down his 13th point of the night if the Lakers are once again to lose.

NBA career scoring leaders

Games played Career average scoring total
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1,560 24.6 38,387
2. Karl Malone 1,476 25.0 36,928
3. Michael Jordan 1,072 30.1 32,292
4. Wilt Chamberlain 1,045 30.1 31,419
5. Kobe Bryant 1,178 25.4 29,987

 

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