Nov 12, 2010, 10:58 AM EST
Thursday night, with a turnaround jumper from the right block area, Kobe Bryant became the youngest player ever to score 26,000 points in the NBA.
Bryant is 32 years, 80 days old, which means he got to the milestone a few weeks a head of Wilt Chamberlain. Now, if you want to go by games played, Kobe comes in eighth fastest, which still isn’t bad.
But what’s really impressive is the list of other 14 players who scored 26,000: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Dr. J, Hakeem Olajuan and Oscar Robertson, among others. It’s a list of the NBA’s who’s who.
The shot that got Kobe his 26,000th point was perfectly appropriate — it was practiced and well thought out. He has spent the last few years working in the offseason to get a better post game. When Kobe got the ball 15 feet out and saw it was just Aaron Afflalo on him he got the isolation, backed his way down to a spot he wanted then hit a turnaround he has taken hundreds of alone in a gym, readying for just such a moment.
That play, that milestone are just reminders that in terms of career achievements, Kobe is running with the big dogs.
- Wednesday night NBA Grades: LaMarcus Aldridge is a flat out stud 2
- Arena evacuated after fire, Spurs-Timberwolves game in Mexico City postponed 12
- Milwaukee police release video, cite Larry Sanders for bar fight 11
- PBT Extra: Focusing on “epic showdown” between Knicks, Nets 5
- Carmelo Anthony: “We are the laughingstock of the league right now” 25
- LeBron says Wade is “getting that Kobe deal” in next contract. Should he? (63)
- Report: Dion Waiters accused Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson of playing “buddy ball.” (53)
- Michael Beasley finding a role, groove in Miami (41)
- The Extra Pass: Our awards at the quarter pole, plus Monday recaps (41)
- With game in balance, Jason Kidd tells player to “hit me,” spills drink, gets psuedo timeout to draw up play (40)