Last night in Sacramento, Kobe Bryant shot his way past Wilt Chamberlain for fourth all-time on the NBA’s scoring rankings in what proved to be an extremely important 103-98 Lakers victory. With 31,434 points to his Hall of Fame resume, Bean now stands 858 points away from Michael Jordan for third; a figure he should undoubtedly pass sometime around Christmas.
From there, things get murky as he’ll be more than 4,000 points away from Karl Malone for second – in other words, at the very least, two more seasons averaging north of 25+ a night. Above anything else, however, respect due to Kobe for the historic achievement. He’s been scoring and pissing people off for three decades now.