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Next up for Kobe on all-time scoring list? Shaq.

Mar 9, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

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Tuesday night in Atlanta, Kobe Bryant passed Moses Malone to move into sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Kobe has shot up the list since October, having this season already passed John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes.

Next up: Shaq.

You know Kobe is going to savor that one.

But it’s going to take a while. It will be next season before it happens because Shaq is a moving target. A slowly moving target these days, but a moving target none the less as he is still active.

Right now, Kobe has 27,423 points, while Shaq is at 28,590. That’s 1,167 if you don’t want to do the math. At Kobe’s current 25 points a game pace that is 47 games if Shaq doesn’t score ever again. And he will. Someday. When he gets healthy. Which he swears will be soon.

Kobe spews the clichés but doesn’t get too excited about these records. But passing Shaq? That he will enjoy, there is still a real rivalry there, even if Kobe won’t talk about it in public much.

  1. hnirobert3 - Mar 9, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    In other news, Shaq will be active for the C’s.

    • davidly - Mar 10, 2011 at 5:38 AM

      You mean he’ll be de-inactivated or that he’ll crack 350 points this season?

  2. shaka49 - Mar 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    This post infuriates me. This same fact was stated on ESPN as well, and it infuriated me then. When the statement is made that Kobe passed Moses Malone, it dismisses the ABA. The ABA, where Julius Erving started. Where the Iceman made his name. These HOFer’s get dismissed when you forget that the ABA was a professional league on par with the NBA.

    For those wondering Kobe is 9th all-time in the ABA/NBA scoring list. Which is still very impressive and he most likely will be 2nd or possibly first all time, when his career ends, however please remember the ABA and the players that came before.

    Dear Kobe….Dan Issel is next, then Shaq….THEN Moses.

    • purdueman - Mar 9, 2011 at 6:12 PM

      Excellent post! The ABA was actually a BETTER league than the NBA in it’s heyday. Go ahead… look up who dominated the NBA All Star teams after the leagues merged… it was a bunch of former ABA players.

  3. chargerdillon - Mar 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    It wont hardly mean as much as winning ring#5 did over Shaq

    Both these guys cherish one single prize more than any other, and thats the championship.

    By the time Kobe is getting ready to pass up Shaq for this award he’ll probably have 2 rings on his hand more than Shaq does.

    These 2 guys were the 2 most dominant forces on one team. It seemed the other team was secondary to the competition amongst each other and if both of them weren’t so hardheaded they’d have dominated the league another 3-5 years

  4. starks3 - Mar 9, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    It would be cool to see Celts/Lake Show this year in finals if Shaq can get his act together. Just to see the rivalry play out in the finals one last time would be great theatre.

  5. ibchuck33 - Mar 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    I wonder if it bothers Kobe that 3 of his 5 rings came on the coattails of Shaq. He can brag about having more championships, but each of them wouldn’t have as many as they do have had they not played together.

    • therookie773 - Mar 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM


    • loungefly74 - Mar 9, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      i wonder if it bothers shaq that he wouldn’t have his 3 rings with the Lakers if it werent for Kobe…

      i wonder if it bothers jordan that he wouldn’t have his 6 rings if it werent for pippen…

      i wonder if it bothers the Big 3 in Boston that they wouldn’t have their ring if it werent for rondo…

      I can go on aaaaaannnnnd on and on and on….do i need too?

      basketball is a team sport. no one…i repeat, no one does it by themselves. was gasol just as pivotal a player in the Lakers recent rings as kobe? absolutely.

      • purdueman - Mar 9, 2011 at 4:35 PM

        Sore subject; Gasol was a gift wrapped package from David Stern to the Lakers, because Stern wanted Kobe to stop grousing and hinting at wanting a trade. The “trade” that brought Gasol over from Memphis was a flat out joke, and I have no doubt that a lot of money went under the table to the financially strapped Memphis owners to keep their mouthes shut.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 9, 2011 at 9:21 PM

        i cant think of a trade where equal value is returned for a superstar with the latest examples with melo and d. will. about the pau trade? fine…okay, the Lakers got a lot better after that trade. (though with marc gasol is coming into his own, the trade gets less lopsided). there were rumors memphis didn’t want to pay gasol big money due to financial difficulties..but who knows. not us. memphis did say the Laker’s offer was the best one. i don’t believe in a “mafiaso” conspiracy with stern forcing anyone’s hand as you stated.

      • purdueman - Mar 9, 2011 at 9:50 PM

        Stern didn’t force anyone’s hand in the great Pao Gasol trade rip-off; it was done with a “wink and a nod”, and a briefcase full of unmarked Benjamin’s being passed under the table. With the Knicks and Bulls in the toilet at that point in time, Stern desperately needed to keep the Lakers at the top of the league in order to placate the networks.

      • taipan70 - Mar 10, 2011 at 6:59 AM

        come on purdue..if you want to talk about conspiracy theories regarding Gasol and Stern, also balance it with Garnet trade for a bag of chips. Looking at the architects of that deal no other than former celts.

      • purdueman - Mar 10, 2011 at 7:44 AM

        Garnett wanted out of Minnesota whereas Gasol wasn’t grousing about being in Memphis at the time. You still make a good point, however, because Stern at the time Garnett was traded wasn’t any fan of the T-Wolves and anything Stern can do to help his precious major TV markets (in this case Boston), at the expense of a small market, he’s all for.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 9, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      Dude, how many one man teams have won a championship ???

      Kobe has three with the Shaqster AND MORE IMPORTANT, three without, now
      watch the Spainard, Gasol start yappin, man it’s hard being the MAMBA…..

  6. purdueman - Mar 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    One of the best things in all of sport is to watch a super-hyped, over-exposed teams fan “gas bag” inflate to lofty levels and then watch it get pricked and send all the hot air rushing out come playoff time. New England Patriot gas bag fan has experienced that now three years in a row, and this year we’ll get to see that happen to both gas bag Laker fan and gas bag Heat fan come playoff time too! If Perkins is healthy come playoff time, the Lakers better pray that they don’t draw the Thunder for a 7 game series. The Heat are too dysfunctional and their kid coach too ill prepared to make a legit championship run (at least this season).’ Go Bulls! Go Thunder! Go Celtics! Go Spurs! … anybody please but the Heat and Lakers.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 9, 2011 at 9:29 PM

      huh, not a good “thumbs down” ratio there buddy…

      • taipan70 - Mar 10, 2011 at 7:03 AM


  7. avermaver - Mar 9, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    that’s kind of interesting but any “rivalry” between these two very different players is long dead due to Shaq being too old and slow for anyone to care what he’s up to these days basketball-wise. I wonder what Bryant’s numbers would have been playing under the old defensive rules, modern scoring unfortunately always gets an asterisk

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