The NBA doesn’t have many milestones for a player’s career. There’s no 15,000 rebound club or anything of that sort. What the NBA has is one really exclusive all-time club: the 30,000 points club. That club has gotten a bit bigger after last night. Kobe Bryant, world champion and the undisputed star of a LA Lakers squad featuring both Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, is that player. Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and joined the all-time greats last night. As a bonus, his LA Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 103-87 in the process.
“It’s funny how sports always seems to kind of have that connectivity, in some shape, form or fashion. It just always seems to come full circle,” said Bryant, who was originally drafted by the then-Charlotte Hornets in 1996 before his rights were traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. “Honestly, I don’t know why I’m still working as hard as I am after 17 years. That’s the thing that I’m most proud of — every year, every day working hard at it. It’s a lot of years, a lot of work.”
Kobe is one of only five players to score 30,000 points in NBA history. He joins Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time list. At age 34, he’s the youngest player to hit that milestone; Bryant jumped to the NBA after high school at age 18.
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