After scoring 29 points this past Wednesday against the Hornets, Kobe Bryant is the youngest player in NBA history to enter the elite 30,000 point club. Kobe now joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 pts), Karl Malone (36,928 pts), Michael Jordan (32,292 pts), and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419 pts) in this rare fraternity.
"It's just a tremendous honor," Bryant told reporters. "I don't really know how else to put it. I've just been very, very fortunate. This is a franchise, like I've said in the past, guys whose jerseys hang up in the rafters are some of the all-time greats. Not just greats for the franchise. I don't know if there's any other organization that can say that."
After Kobe’s performance, Commissioner Stern said, “I want to shake his hand. I think Kobe is, as a talent and a competitor, he's up there on the pedestal with Michael Jordan as one of the greatest. Kobe has such an extraordinary run playing at the highest level for so long with the championships to prove it in a league that is extremely competitive.”
At 34 years and 104 days old, Kobe Bryant is the leading scorer in the NBA once again this year. With the way that he is currently playing, Kobe will continually be able to put up points at a high rate for another couple of years, but where he finishes on the all-time scoring list is anybody’s guess. As for Kobe, “I think now, honestly, I don't know why I'm still working as hard as I am after 17 years. I mean it's just that I enjoy what I do and I think that's the thing that I'm most proud of -- every year, every day working hard at it. That's a lot of years, a lot of work."