Kobe Bryant’s rocky relationship with the City of Brotherly Love took another interesting turn last night. In front of a packed Wells Fargo Center, the Laker brought his career scoring total to 28,601 points, moving him past former teammate Shaquille O’Neal for fifth all-time on the NBA’s scoring list. The Sixers would go on to win in front of their home crowd, thanks in large part to Lou Williams, who finished with 24 points.
Kobe’s play has been a revelation all season. I’ll be the first to admit it: I expected his play to slow down a bit in his sixteenth season. A fair assumption, given the amount of playing time the 33-year-old has clocked since he first donned number eight. Still, he continues to prove skeptics wrong, putting up points in bunches like it’s 2005. Every milestone he passes shortens the gap between him and Michael Jordan. We could have that discussion right now, but if he ever gets around to winning that sixth ring? That’s when things start to get interesting. Whatever happens, Kobe’s status as a top-five player all-time seems secure.