It was just days ago when Kobe entered the prestigious top 10 in the NBA’s all-time Career Scoring List. Today we celebrate Kobe passing up the legendary Oscar Robertson and moving up to #9.
Kobe hit a free throw with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter to tie Robertson. The historical field goal was then achieved during 1:10 remaining in the third as Bryant glided through the air, readjusting his shot over the defender and banking home a beauty down the lane. Kobe finished the game with 25 points in a win over the New Orleans Hornets. You can check out the video of the shot to the left!
The “Big O” is the illustrious guard who was known for his “all-around” play including averaging a triple-double in the 1961-62 season. Kobe Bryant continues to enter the pantheon of the game’s greats saying after the game, “It’s a huge honor.” Kobe also mentioned the ladder he’s most focused on moving up in is “Bill Russel’s ladder” referring to Bill’s unparalleled amount of championships.
Next on the list is Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946 career points), who Kobe studied footwork under last summer for post-moves. Hakeem is considered the greatest-footwork big man the game has ever seen.
At this rate, Kobe Bryant could very well end up 6th on the all-time scoring list by season’s end. Either way, we’ll keep track of these historical scoring marks right here on kobebryant.com!
8th: Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
9th: Kobe Bryant: 26,720
10th: Oscar Robertson: 26,710