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Kobe passes Wilt Chamberlain on all-time scoring list (VIDEO)

Mar 31, 2013, 12:02 AM EST

Kobe Bryant moved into fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Saturday, after hitting a pull-up jumper from 15 feet out with 7:55 remaining in the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings.

The shot pushed Bryant past Wilt Chamberlain, who now sits at fifth with 31,419 career points.

Bryant trails only Michael Jordan (32,292),  Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387). If he continues to play at or even near his current level, Bryant will be on pace to overtake Jordan on the list at some point midway through next season.

  1. hahapapa - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Kobe Sucks. So do Lakwers.

    • money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      u can’t start off your statement saying kobe sucks and expect us to take you seriously.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      Kobe moves into fourth all-time on the scoring list, first comment is “Kobe sucks”. Sounds about right.

    • itsonlyaspeedbump - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:03 AM

      The Lakers do suck.

      This year.

      Kobe is one of the 10 greatest basketball players ever.

      That is all.

    • Clayton Bigsby - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Its funny how these haters rag on the baller yet if he was on their own 5uckas5 team they would be rooting for him…

      Dont hate da playa..hate da game…..

  2. progress2011 - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Wilt scored 31,419 in 16 years

    Jordan scored 32,292 in 15 years

    It has taken FAKE MJ 17 years to catch Wilt and it will take him about 18 years to do what The REAL MJ did in 15.

    Says ALOT for shooting percentages and shot selection.

    So, he might actually catch Jordan by playing 3 additional years !

    Will always be known as FAKE MJ….ahahah

    • smoothaswilkes - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      Sounds like a legit argument. Thanks for all the CAPS because that really makes your argument…

      I’ve been Lakers fan for 34 years but when it comes to Kobe…

      He is a rampant gunner with a penchant for tunnel vision offense. Yes, he had 14 assists tonight. He was also 5 for 18 shooting, so there you go.

      He’ll continue to gun it up until he passes Jordan, which, in the end, will most likely cost him in catching Jordan for what counts most. Rings.

      I’m not the biggest fan of the Heat but if Wade can turn his team over to LBJ and LBJ can transform his game in to this beast mode we’ve been watching all year… Kobe? Yeah he still plays like he’s the best player on the team. He’s not.

      (Sorry for trolling Kobe’s milestone. Can’t wait til 2014. Go Lakers!)

    • money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      hm, did kobe start off as the franchise player?

      • smoothaswilkes - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:01 AM

        money2long – nope, he was drafted as an 18 year old but by the time he was 20 he played 37+ minutes per game. Jordan was drafted at 21, only played 18 games his 2nd year, played baseball for a year, and only played 17 games in 94-95. I see where you were going but that argument fails.

      • money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:18 AM

        oh, okay smoothaswilkes…
        you mean that jordan guy who didnt have to share the ball with SHAQUILLE ONEAL. you might wanna google how good he was. regardless of minutes, kobe had to scale his game back. if you remember kobe’s reaction to bynum’s comments about kobe stunting his growth, shaq did the same to kobe. minutes doesn’t matter, it is all about game plan. and kobe played 2nd fiddle for a long time. kobe n shaq were simply two alpha males on the lakers. kobe had a harder path in comparison to jordan. it should NOT be a shock why he needed a few more seasons to pass jordan. and why nit pick. 30,000+ points is A LOT. give props. sheesh.

      • money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:20 AM

        why he WILL need* a few more seasons to pass jordan.

      • Clayton Bigsby - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Most haters dont know that Kobe also played with a dominant big man….The offense started and ended with shaq his first two seasons.

    • money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      ^^ two words: hard work

      also, better to be known as an MJ clone than “progress2011the blogger”

      • frankiebooboo - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        Ouch. That was kinda mean and personal.

      • smoothaswilkes - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        I’ll give him hard work. That’s where “going to work” came from. Just like his self endowed nickname “the black mamba”.

        still, I can’t wait for 2014. Unless he sublimates his game a bit more next season.

    • davidly - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:51 AM

      Wilt shot .540 and is number five on the all-time points list.

      Kareem shot 559. and is number one.

      It took FAKE KAREEM 23,497 shots to get to that spot and he would have to take thousands more shots to catch THE REAL KAREEM.

      Says ALOT about shooting percentages and shot selection.

      So, he might actually catch Kareem by coming back to life and playing 4 additional years !

      Will always be known as FAKE KAREEM….”ahahah”

      Or… it’s all relative.

      • mydoghasfleez - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Wilt was beyond everyone FAKE DAVIDLY.

        And yes it’s relative, like your sister/mother is the same person.

    • daydreamer3075 - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Progress continues his streak of idiotic posts

  3. blazabull - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Go mamba

  4. joroberts10 - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    I don’t understand how someone can say Kobe sucks right after he passes Wilt for 4th all time. Kobe definitely has his flaws, sure, but to say he sucks? Delusional

  5. camnellum12 - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Kobe surpassed him for most points by a Pennsylvania HS player as well, geez, he caught him in the pros too.

  6. goldmember21 - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Kobe sucks.. So do the lakers..

  7. Sideline Mob - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Reblogged this on Sideline Mob.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:07 AM

      Reblogged THIS on deeznutznurmouf

  8. gameover18 - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Ok Me. Stat guy (progress2011) Kobe played his first 3 seasons coming off the bench, while MJ came out hoisting 20 shots a game! Also Kobe played along side a quality center for the better part of his career. With that being said Jordan was able to play out of the post or midrange for pretty much the entire game! Kobe had to always play around the perimeter! That being said of course you are going to shoot a better percentage from 12 feet and in then you would 12 feet and out! You really can’t even compare the two they played 2 different games! In fact Jordan took 4500 more shots at the rim then Kobe has because there wasn’t a paint full of bigs wearing Bulls uniforms! I am by no means a Kobe fan I think he’s good but I never could compare him to Jordan! So let’s just respect the fact that he’s int he top 5 in NBA scoring history, you don’t get there by sucking! Btw it took Wilt 13 years to get to where he sits so that pretty much makes your whole story a crock of s^*t!!!

    • smoothaswilkes - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:14 AM

      Nope. Kobe was playing 37+ minutes his third year and was a pivotal bench player his 2nd. Check the numbers again and compensate for Jordan’s injury season, baseball, and 17 games in the 94-95 season.

      Like I said earlier, Kobe is a rampant gunner. The only time it evened was with Shaq and that was because of the Zen Master and playing inside out. With Pau, there was still a “pecking order” and Kobe still shot that Lakers out of games but those were PJ teams. Without PJ, check yourself.

      • money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:30 AM

        marcus thornton is a gunner too. let’s see if he finishes in the top 5 in scoring.
        o wait, mabe not. cuz it takes a lil bit more than JUST being a “gunner” , don’t you think ?

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:43 AM

        Let me start off by saying I respect the hell out of the handles known as smoothaswilkes and money2long. That being said, smoothas…

        Kobe in his 3rd season was a lockout shortend 50 game season. 1st two years he was on the bench playing 15 +/- min. a game and 26 +/- a game. Money had it right in his earlier post above. His Airness started off his rookie campaign at over 38 min. a night. 2nd season he played in 18 games so I’ll give you that, but came back his 3rd year (when Kobe actually started getting real burn) averaging 40+ min. a game.

        By the time MJ and Kobe had finished their 3rd seasons MJ was ahead of KB8 in minutes by a whopping 1,821 min. (Kobe 5,055-MJ 6,876)

        Facts like these slip past the mental capacity of those like troll extrodinaire progress2011. Don’t let it happen to you.

        After 15 years in the league for both Kobe and Michael, Micheal was still ahead in min. by 866. Kobe at 40,145, Mike at 41,011.

        Facts guys, facts.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:01 AM

        Oh, and, btw…If Shaq wasn’t Kobe’s teammate for the majority of his career, what do you think he’d REALLY have? Who did Jordan have? 18-20 PPG Pippen? C’mooooooon broski. Shaq was one of the greatest to ever play, playing in his prime, soaking up extra possetions. Pip was a glorified wingman, as good as he was (and he WAS good. Very, very good). He was no Dwade to a LeBron. Closer to a Gasol to a Kobe.

      • money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        PREACH MALTLIQUOR , PREACH!!
        (and thx for the luv)

      • smoothaswilkes - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        00maltliquor – Thanks for the love. However I was not incorrect with my stats regarding Jordan and Kobe. (see Kobe’s career stats below).

        Kobe was much younger than Jordan coming in to the league and definitely spent more time clocking minutes and points in his early 20’s. Jordan didn’t come in to the league til he was 21 and by that age, Kobe was putting up 37.9 minutes per and 20 ppg.

        The career arcs of Jordan and Kobe are just different. Their peak eras were different. How they both approached scoring was different. The only things that were similar were their work ethic and competitive fire. Oh and the best coach ever in PJ.

        In the end, Jordan is still the GOAT and Kobe is still trying to catch him. That was my real point.

        Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
        96-97 LAL 71 6 15.5 0.417 0.375 0.819 0.7 1.2 1.9 1.3 0.7 0.3 1.58 1.44 7.6
        97-98 LAL 79 1 26.0 0.428 0.341 0.794 1.0 2.1 3.1 2.5 0.9 0.5 1.99 2.28 15.4
        98-99 LAL 50 50 37.9 0.465 0.267 0.839 1.1 4.2 5.3 3.8 1.4 1.0 3.14 3.06 19.9
        99-00 LAL 66 62 38.2 0.468 0.319 0.821 1.6 4.7 6.3 4.9 1.6 0.9 2.76 3.33 22.5
        00-01 LAL 68 68 40.9 0.464 0.305 0.853 1.5 4.3 5.9 5.0 1.7 0.6 3.24 3.26 28.5
        01-02 LAL 80 80 38.3 0.469 0.250 0.829 1.4 4.1 5.5 5.5 1.5 0.4 2.79 2.85 25.2
        02-03 LAL 82 82 41.5 0.451 0.383 0.843 1.3 5.6 6.9 5.9 2.2 0.8 3.51 2.66 30.0
        03-04 LAL 65 64 37.6 0.438 0.327 0.852 1.6 3.9 5.5 5.1 1.7 0.4 2.63 2.71 24.0
        04-05 LAL 66 66 40.7 0.433 0.339 0.816 1.4 4.5 5.9 6.0 1.3 0.8 4.09 2.64 27.6
        05-06 LAL 80 80 41.0 0.450 0.347 0.850 0.9 4.4 5.3 4.5 1.8 0.4 3.13 2.91 35.4
        06-07 LAL 77 77 40.8 0.463 0.344 0.868 1.0 4.7 5.7 5.4 1.4 0.5 3.31 2.66 31.6
        07-08 LAL 82 82 38.9 0.459 0.361 0.840 1.1 5.2 6.3 5.4 1.8 0.5 3.13 2.77 28.3
        08-09 LAL 82 82 36.1 0.467 0.351 0.856 1.1 4.1 5.2 4.9 1.5 0.4 2.56 2.30 26.8
        09-10 LAL 73 73 38.8 0.456 0.329 0.811 1.1 4.3 5.4 5.0 1.6 0.3 3.19 2.56 27.0
        10-11 LAL 82 82 33.9 0.451 0.323 0.828 1.0 4.1 5.1 4.7 1.2 0.2 2.96 2.10 25.3
        11-12 LAL 58 58 38.5 0.430 0.303 0.845 1.1 4.3 5.4 4.6 1.2 0.3 3.52 1.81 27.9
        12-13 LAL 72 72 38.1 0.464 0.332 0.832 0.9 4.6 5.4 5.9 1.3 0.2 3.67 2.15 27.1
        Career — 1,233 1,085 36.6 0.454 0.336 0.837 1.2 4.1 5.3 4.7 1.5 0.5 3.00 2.55 25.5

    • progress2011 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Nice post of the FACTS Smooth.

      Cheap Malt liquor/ Rot Gutt/ Siz-urp/ Purple….woke up with a bottle in his mouth again this morning…ahahah

      FAKER fans don’t like FACTS very much. They live in La-La land totally oblivious to the real world.

      Everything is a Hollywood movie for them, laced with all the drama and FAKE – NESS of the small screen.

      Every accomplishment FAKE MJ makes should have an asterisk, to contain :

      1. Events in Colorado
      2. Team snitch, after the events in Colorado
      3. Locker room Cancer – Phils Book “UNCOACHABLE”
      4. Munchausen Syndrome- A psychological disorder characterized by the repeated fabrication of disease symptoms for or injury for the purpose of gaining attention.

      Truth hurts…then salt was added !

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        He was so uncoachable that Phil came back to coach him for another 7 seasons.

  9. gameover18 - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    12 feet and in they shoot virtually the same percentage and I did check my stats I think you need to recheck yours! Kobe has always been forced to play the outside! When he plays the post and shirts the midrange jumper he was just as efficient as Jordan! I will give you shot selection and pecking order, but just cause he’s at the head of the list doesn’t push the bigs out of the paint! MJ is the definition of a small shooting forward!!!

    • elcapitanfiscal - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      U cant argue with the fact that Kobe already had the most misses in nba history though..he is just the best volume shooter ever for me, who has always thrived in a great organization with great playera coaches and gmd..hes good but waaay overrated

  10. baymac408 - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    He’s wack doesn’t even PASS the ball

  11. Germano "Iceman" Neres - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    It is worth remembering a detail that, when we talk of great deeds, to stand out there: KB24 achieved this feat – undeniably sensational – coming to the NBA straight from high school, while the others made ​​their way natural “high school -> NCAA -> NBA.
    What else would have done had he MJ23 reached the NBA the same way?! ;)

  12. hollymeus - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    if Wilt concentrated on free throws.. his career points could’ve be +35000

    • ekreyszig - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      I think Wilt was a little too busy scoring in the bedroom.

  13. hannsta - Mar 31, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Gratz Kobe, one of my least favorite players currently, but undeniably one of the top 10 of all time. Like LBJ’s streak, haters hate but you gotta recognize a great achievement when you see it.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Not if you’re a stupid POS.

  14. chrismt79 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    How or why Kobe fans refuse to view the facts, that Kobe actually makes his team worse overall, is beyond me. I understand the desire for many in the not-know to want to see hero ball (which he shoots around 31%) for game on the line shots. Hardly efficient, not even average. Then there’s the argument no one else will take the shot. I can hardly remember anyone else getting a chance to. Though I do recall MWP hit as many end of game shots, yes Metta World Peace (30%). Is it the fact his has attempted to mimic a great player like MJ, who in comparison shot 50% on game on the line shots (LBJ 41.7% and probably increased) Sure he was given the green light to score. And as a fan of basketball, I must admit, his athletic ability and hard work certainly account for his ability to look like a knockoff MJ. But if Lakers fans really wanted to win ball games, there’s nothing holding you back more than allowing Kobe to have his way every night, while not playing defense, and doing it as inefficient as an average NBA player.

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Ron Artest shouldn’t be mentioned in the same discussion with Kobe, Jordan, Wilt & Lew Alcindor. He should have been banished from the NBA or traded to UFC for Kemba.

    • money2long - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      yea, you know who else is a kobe fan? michael jordan, and he seemed to give kobe a ringing endorsement. so stop trying to make it out like kobe fans are morons.

  15. j0esixpack - Mar 31, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Wilt still scored more off the court.

  16. spideysdog - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Chrismt79, you want the facts? #4 on the all time scoring list. 5 Rings. the preeminent face of the sport over the last dozen years.

    yep. he sucks. your probably better. smh. haters make some of the dumbest arguments.

    you don’t have to like Kobe or his game, but to deny his position in history is idiotic.

    I love how time changes everything. for all of you calling Kobe a gunner, that was the same knock MJ played with.

  17. tbk201 - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    That’s a lot of “apology” rings

  18. omniusprime - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Kobe keeps proving he is one of the greatest of all time. Moving into 4th place and passing Wilt the Stilt would have been meaningless if the Lakers had lost to the lowly Kings who don’t even know where they’ll be playing next season. One thing is certain, Kobe will always be greater than Queen James, the most overhyped athlete ever.

    Go Kobe!!! Go Lakers!!!

  19. rabbdogg - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    jordan played 16 years dimmies…14 with the bulls and 2 with the wizards….

  20. rabbdogg - Mar 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    dummies….

    • progress2011 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      rabid dogg….

      I believe the rabies has eaten a SIGNIFICANT portion of your brain.

      Go back to your moms room and ask her to count the years for you, minus years he played baseball etc.

      She might have to use some of her toes to count past 10….BUT after ya’ll finish, she should arrive at ….

      13 yrs for the Bulls and 2 years for the Wizards.

      MMMMMmmmm K….good luck with that

  21. paulhargis53 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    malt: You were making a compelling argument until you got to the part where you called Pippen ( HOFer, NBA 50 best player) a glorified wing man. All tour credibility went out the window right there.
    I can’t believe you guys are arguing GOAT about these 2, Kobe is like the 3rd or 4th best Laker of all time.

    • stanmrak - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Scottie Pippen was the worst crybaby ever. Ask any fan from Chicago.

  22. stanmrak - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    when Wilt was playing, they had to change the rules because he was so dominant. Can’t say that about any other player.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Shaq

    • paleihe - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Ever heard of illegal offense?

      Yeah, that’s cause of Jordan.

  23. ebrownwareagle - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Magic Johnson said it Best, ” Kobe Bean Bryant, is the greatest Laker of All Times”! You don’t win 5 NBA Championships as a Star Player for No Reason! No matter who your teammates are. Bird was a Legend on GREAT TEAMS and got 3. Love him, like him, or hate him as a fan. EVERY player in the League said he was and is the Benchmark in the NBA.

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Magic was the best as a player.
      Now he is a toad who should go away.

    • gofishus - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Magic Johnson, Shaq, and Kareem are all “greater” players than Kobe. They dominant the game more than he has.

      • gofishus - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        Lakers wise I mean. Wilt was too (since he was also a laker). You can also argue for Jerry West, but West vs Kobe would be a hard one.

      • gofishus - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Consider this in terms of MVPs. Kobe only has one MVP for his career, while Magic has 3, Kareem has 6 and Wilt has 4.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        Steve Nash has 2 MVPs , MVPs aren’t the best measure

  24. elcapitanfiscal - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Kobe has already has the MOST MISSES in nba history.

    I feel that is a very telling stat..he is good, but his shooting selection can be terrible at time.

    His amount of shots also hurts his team, even laker fans will admit his huge number of shots sometimes doesnt allow his teammates into rythim and ends up hurting his team

  25. losanginsight - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Which team in the NBA wouldn’t have wanted Kobe on their team for the last 17 years?
    ..crickets

    • bucrightoff - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Just Kobe? Cause I mean without great players around him (see 2004-2007), the Lakers kinda were first round foder. That’s why everyone would and should take Tim Duncan or LeBron over Kobe. Give those two mediocre teams and they could contend for everything. Kobe is a great individual player, but simply not a great team player.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        That is soooooooo overstated. Lakers were not stacked. Ok yeah, they had arguably the greatest 1-2 star combo ever in O’Neal and Bryant, but the rest of the team was comprised of very solid to uninspiring role players.

        Fox, Horry, Fisher. Nice, but not all-stars. Glen Rice was probably the best 3rd man we had, and he was on the decline. An about-to-retire Mailman? An end-of-the-road Glove. Ron Harper’s old carcass? A Mitch Richmond off the bench? A useless JR Rider? Dennis Rodman for like 10 games? Vlade Divac in his last year, spent injured in street clothes? Samaki Walker, Lindsey Hunter, Brian Shaw?? Where are these great players you speak of?

        BTW, Duncan had Robinson, Elliot and later Ginobili and Parker. Not exactly scrubs. LeBron………………okay,yeah, he played with garbage. Best teammate was Mo Will, an old Shaq, an old Jamison. Varejao then wasn’t the Verajao now, Wally Szcerbiak……yeah, straight garbage and always came out 1st out East. I’ll give you that.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:57 AM

        True.

        Kobe didnt win anything after shaq left, until they got gasol and bynum and odom

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