Another milestone for Kobe Bryant. It seems like it was just yesterday he played his first game.
Tonight, Kobe Bryant will accomplish yet another milestone. This one however, will break Kevin Garnett’s record and set another NBA record. Kobe Bryant will become the youngest player in NBA history to play 1,000 games, at 31 years and 177 days.
Kevin Garnett had previously set the record against the Chicago Bulls on November 2nd, 2008 and set the record at 32 years and 178 days. So Kobe Bryant broke the record by approximately a year.
Kobe made a name for himself for hitting big shots. Everytime Kobe sticks the dagger into the hearts of the opponent, they are left petrified after given the glare from the killer deep within him. That killer instinct has helped Kobe through out his career, hitting 4 game winners in this season alone.
This is a great accomplishment for the Mamba considering that he had brought his A-game since his arrival into the NBA and that brought him the successes of 4 championship rings, all of them accomplished last decade, which also helped name him the NBA Player of the Decade.
He had been derailed a few times in the 2005-2006 season and since then only missing 3 games due to injury. That means that he played 3 full seasons, post seasons and also had Team USA commitments. He has also battled through so many injuries this season that would have the ordinary player sit out a week or two. But as we all know, Kobe is not the ordinary player.
Jerry West had a lot to say about Kobe Bryant but the main part of what he said was “He’s not even close to being done.” As good as that sounds to the Laker fans, only time will tell. Jerry West was the reason the Lakers traded for the 17-year old Kobe Bryant who was fresh out of Lower Merion High School. This is what he said about the expectations he had:
He was so gifted for a young kid. He just needed to learn to tune his game down a little bit and I understand the new offense in the game and not go too fast and when you watch him play, this is a consummate professional. He’s one of the few people that at this point of my life, I’ve seen so many professional games, he’s one player I’d pay to see every night.
Congratulations Kobe, another 1,000 games would be great if you don’t mind.