Kobe have scored 31056 points so far in his career, just 364 points shy of beating Wilt at 31416.
364 points will take him somewhere around 12-15 games depending on how well he performs.
A truly remarkable achievement!
A quick thought experiment:
Lets assume Kobe keeps his average at 27 the rest of this season.
Let's say Kobe signs a 3yr deal following his current deal.
Let's say he then plays 80, 75, 75 and 75 respectively, scoring 26, 24, 22, 20 points per game.
He would then be the all-time scoring leader with 38.734 points at age 38. Is this unrealistic?
Remember, both Nash and Kidd are 39 right now and still performing at a high level.
One concern: Earlier, when Kobe is nearing a milestone he has a tendency to start gunning a lot. Is this going to be a problem this time around?