Kobe Bryant has heard the Michael Jordan comparisons his entire life. Wednesday, he joined Jordan in another exclusive club. The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard reached 30,000 points during the first half of a game at the New Orleans Hornets. He needed 13 points entering the game and finished with 29 in a 103-87 win. Bryant discussed retiring in two years, when his current contract ends, earlier this season. He has the numbers to join the all-time greats already.

Bryant already was fifth in NBA history in points Here’s the list, including Wednesday’s game:

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 38,387
2. Karl Malone, 36,928
3. Michael Jordan, 32,292
4. Wilt Chamberlain, 31,419
5. Kobe Bryant, 30,016

It still amazes me to see Karl Malone #2 on this list….


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