More than likely, on Saturday night on the road against the Sacramento Kings, Bryant will overtake Wilt Chamberlain’s 31,419 point record to take the fourth spot on the All-Time NBA scoring list. Currently, the top five of the list looks as follows (hat tip to ESPN for the statistics):
The more games Bryant plays the more exclusive his company becomes. He is the only active player in the top ten on the All-Time scoring list. And while, names like Tim Duncan, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett are spread throughout the list of the top 25 scorers of all-time, they aren’t anywhere close to Bryant.
On Thursday night at the Staples Center against the Milwaukee Bucks, Bryant put up 30 points in a Lakers loss to the Bucks. After this game Bryant’s points total is 31,415, a mere four points from surpassing Chamberlain’s record.
Regardless of Bryant’s personal achievements, the Lakers struggle as a collective group. Until the Lakers find a way to turn it around, every other accomplishment is bitter sweet. Bryant’s made it very clear that the only title he cares about at this point is the one that comes with being a six time NBA championship.
While a guest on ESPNLA 710‘s Max & Marcellus Show, the Lakers’ Antawn Jamison joked that, ”You can’t even tell [Bryant] has five [rings],” Jamison said. “This guy would get rid of his kids to win that championship.”