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Kobe Bryant becomes fifth player in NBA history to score more than 30,000 points (VIDEO)

Dec 5, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

As expected, Kobe Bryant joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, and Wilt Chamberlain on Wednesday as the only players in NBA history to score more than 30,000 career points.

Bryant achieved the milestone with 1:16 left in the first half in New Orleans, by converting a right-handed floater in the lane over Hornets center Robin Lopez. (He finished with 29 and the Lakers won, 103-87.)

Bryant only needed 13 points coming in to get there, and made sure to do so by halftime against the team that originally drafted him in 1996. The Hornets then traded him to Los Angeles in exchange for Vlade Divac, which will unquestionably go down as the worst trade in NBA history.

Next up for Bryant will be to surpass Chamberlain at 31,419, and then Jordan at 32,292.

Kobe should pass Wilt sometime near the end of this season if he plays the bulk of the games and continues to average more than 27 points per game; he currently leads the league in scoring at 27.9 points per contest.

  1. jerdogthompson - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Wow. That took 5 minutes to post after the fact. Lakers will still lose the game. Count on it.

    • blueintown - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      You bitter?

    • beavertonsteve - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      Hope you’re not a betting man.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Nice call.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      What’s there to count?

      *voice over: The Count of Sesame Street*
      ONE! One Foot in mouth Ah…ah…ah!

      TWO! Two Feet in mouth Ah…ah…ah!

      THREE! Three Feet in mouth Ah…ah…ah!

      FOUR! Four Feet in mouth Ah…ah…ah!

      FIVE! Five Feet in mouth Ah…ah…ah!

      SIX! Six Feet….

    • bozosforall - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:17 AM

      Looks like you lose gin, jizzdumpthompson.

  2. doctorfootball - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    They’re up by 17 halfway through the 4th. Even they can’t blow that lead

  3. hojo20 - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Didn’t Kobe force a trade to LA? If so, you can’t say it’s the worst trade in NBA history. Otherwise Kobe would’ve tanked it in Charlotte like Vince Carter did in Toronto.

    • beavertonsteve - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      I’m thinking more along the lines of T-Mac, but same difference.

    • mytthor - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      I’ve never heard that he forced the trade.

      • paleihe - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        Nobody else heard that either…cause it didn’t happen.

  4. beavertonsteve - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Kobe would have spent 4 years in Charlotte. Cashed in in Free Agency or forced a sign and trade and been outta there.

  5. ebrownwareagle - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    @hojo20

    Actually if I recall correctly that team may not have been that bad.
    The line up probably would have been:
    TDelk
    Kobe
    Glen Rice
    Anthony Mason
    Vlade Divac.

    • sdlakerfan - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      Lakers traded Vlade for Kobe:

      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1206/nba-significant-draft-pick-trades/content.6.html

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Insert George Zidek for Vlade. Vlade’s who they got for Kobe.

  6. philliephaninva - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    30,000 points and still the biggest Ahole in the NBA.

    • mytthor - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:16 AM

      Good thing I don’t know the guy so I care absolutely not at all whether he’s a nice guy.

  7. zblott - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Kobe is the youngest to do it, but he already has WAY more games played than both Michael (107 more) and Wilt (134 more). It doesn’t help that the other 4 have all shot 50% or higher for their careers to Kobe’s 45%.

    • mytthor - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      Haters. Enjoy your haterade.

    • mtran24 - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      Yes, he needed more games. But if you want to judge how fast a player scored his points, a better benchmark would be the total number of minutes played. In that regard, Kobe actually needed less minutes than Wilt.

      • mtran24 - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        Yes, he needed more games. But if you want to judge how fast a player scored his points, a better benchmark would be the total number of minutes played. In that regard, Kobe actually needed less minutes than Wilt

    • paleihe - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      He also didn’t play too much in his first couple of seasons.

      Regardless, it doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s one of only five players, in NBA history, to score 30K. It’s an amazing accomplishment, even if you’re shooting 45%.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      30,000 is still 30,000. Man you Kobe haters KILL me with that nonsence. Glass is always half-empty with you characters. He also didn’t play much those 1st 2 years, coming off the bench.

      And who was Wilt’s competition? A whole bunch of 6”9 unathletic centers? Jordan’s light was the greenest of all times, Karl Malone had one of the best passers of all time, think he woulda reached that milestone without Stockton? You can talk crap about everyone on that list in a warped view of things like the way I just did (I don’t believe any of the garbage I just said in the sentance, btw.) but it is still one hell of an accomplishment.

      1 of 5, ONE of FIVE!!! You know how many players have played in the league? You know how many greats have played? Jeez man, give it up and show some respect!

  8. sgati8 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Did Kobe come right out of HS…?

  9. dko83 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    As far as the hating goes.. I don’t deny his greatness. I just think he’s an egomaniac and a douche bag so I don’t like him. Yes I know Jordan was too, but stop sniffing glue and comparing the two. Not even close. Jordan in NO danger of relieving g.o.a.t. status.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      The fact that you even had to bring that up just shows that he just might be.

      • dko83 - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        Wow, my words are powerful then. Me bring that up has officially made Kobe the greater than Jordan!!!!!!

  10. sgati8 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Just respect the man’s game he one the best ever point blank they been playing basketball over 100 yrs and he’s one of 5 men to score over 30k+ pts…

  11. thelakeshow562 - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Bring out that hateraid for them busters LAKERS #1 (FAH)

  12. gmsingh - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Unfortunately for Kobe, individual records are about all he has going for him at this point on the Lakers.

  13. florida727 - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    I’m not a fan of his by any stretch, but you have to admire his talent and appreciate the fact that he’s done what only 4 others in the history of the game have done… and he’s not done yet. I know he’s been hurt off and on (what professional athlete hasn’t), so I’m wondering how many more years he can play at this level? If he can pass Wilt yet this year, that means he’ll pass Michael next year. Instead of hating on him, why don’t people just appreciate that they get to see one of the best to ever play the game? I grew up in Chicago, and covered the Bulls for a small, local, now defunct sports radio station. As arrogant as Michael is/was, it was still amazing watching him and getting to interview him after games and practices. Now that he’s gone, I miss watching him play. The same will be true about Kobe.

  14. paulhargis53 - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Sgati8: The NBA was formed in 1946. Those stats are what are recognized. So its just 66 years.

    By the way, the ABA stats SHOULD be included in these lists. Dr.J also has over 30,000 points. He was Jordan and Kobe before they were.

    Jerdog, looks like you’re out of gin…….or you’re not good at a card game or something….
    bozo/lakerluver seems to be running out of what little steam he had.
    Out of the 2 names, bozo is the least annoying though, even though he recycles my material.

    • omniusprime - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Hey Paul “Haggis” – Is 53 your IQ? I’d say it’s totally zero you worthless loser. You’re the biggest jerk who posts here at NBC Sports. Try getting out of your Mommy’s basement sometime and do something worthwhile.

  15. wired4games - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    I guess if every player were a hack and never passed the ball, they would reach 30,000 in no time…
    Ok, just had to say it. But I won’t take away from his moment. Kudos Kobe

  16. omniusprime - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Congratulations to Kobe Bryant, truly one of the greatest to ever play in the NBA. Even more important than passing /Wilt this year is getting ring #6 this coming June. Go Kobe!!! Go Lakers!!!

  17. paulhargis53 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Hey!! Omni CAN post something different, than dumbtoni, clownbrown etc….

    Unfortunately its this drivel…..yuck.

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