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Video: Kobe Bryant passes Shaq on all-time scoring list

Feb 6, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

“It was inevitable” was how Kobe Bryant described himself eventually passing Shaquille O’Neal to move into fifth on the all-time NBA scoring list — which he did with a long two pointer in the second quarter against the 76ers Monday night. Kobe had all 24 he needed to move past Shaq in the first half. (Then went cold, but that’s another story.)

While he may play it down, make no mistake Kobe is savoring this — there is still no love lost between him and Shaquille. The feud was real. It was not all Phil Jackson, although Jackson used it to his advantage. Remember when Kobe won ring number five he couldn’t wait to remind everyone that is one more than Shaq? He will privately savor this.

Shaq tweeted this:

Congrats to Kobe for being the greatest laker ever thanks for making us the greatest laker one two punch ever and congrats on passin me up 2

  1. AlohaMrHand - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    and yet the Lakers lose again.But as long as Kobe passes Shaq it’s ok.

  2. keyshawn22 - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Shaquille was and always will be a much better player than Kobe. Kobe only has those first 3 titles because he was lucky enough to play with Shaq.

    • borderline1988 - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      Exactly. He’s incredibly overrated.
      He’s known as clutch for some reason…what was he, like 1 of 10 in the 4th quarter tonight?
      Anyone who’s willing to take an objective look at the stats will come to the clear conclusion that Kobe being clutch in the 4th is nothing but a myth.

      • xdirtybirdzx - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:16 AM

        Both of you are incredibly ignorant. Yes, Shaq helped Kobe win those first three, but if Shaq was so much better than Kobe why didn’t the Lakers just get rid of Kobe and keep Shaq? Shaq won one ring without Kobe and Kobe won two without shaq. Kobe passed Shaq tonight on the scoring list and it took him less games to get there than Shaq did. Kobe is in his 16th season and he is leading the league in scoring. Kobe is by far better. It is amazing that he is consistently one of the top players in the league every season.

      • tcclark - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        did you watch the game? (not sarcasm, honest question) Iguodala was forcing Kobe into some of the most ridiculous shots i’ve ever seen. Those shots were falling in the first half, but you can’t expect the guy to hit them all game. If he didn’t get those shots off you’d be on here saying that he wasn’t clutch because he didn’t even take any shots. His 1-10 was the result of Iguodala’s d, not Kobe’s clutchness.

    • tcclark - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      Different positions. Both were great for completely different reasons. Not comparable.

      That being said, the people who say that Wilt wasn’t that great because he was so much taller than everyone else have to then put Shaq in the same category. Never has there been a man that size. He was unguardable.

      • xdirtybirdzx - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:33 AM

        Yes I watched the game, I watch every lakers game. But this is one game, you cant call him “incredibly overrated” because of a bad quarter. This guy scored 40 points 4 straight times earlier this year, and he’s done it in 9 straight before. No one in the NBA has more game winners than him, he even has more than Jordan.

  3. willardj - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    People who think Kobe is overrated obviously haven’t watched basketball for very long.

    It’s amazing that he can still be one of the best in the NBA after all of the injuries and shortened training camp this season.

  4. The Deep Dig - Feb 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Forget 5th, writer makes a case Kobe will become the all-time scorer champion.

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