Stop me if you’ve heard this one before; Kobe Bryant is getting set to reach a historic milestone. As many times as I’ve heard it, it never gets old.
The man behind such accomplishments as the most points in Laker’s history, second most points in a game (81), most three pointers made in a game (12), and getting his coach fired with just one stare, is now set to break 30,000 career points sometime in the coming week. Kobe has been the youngest player to score 23,000-29,000 points, and will also be the youngest player to reach 30,000 points. It seems the Mamba’s career point total moves faster than my odometer (#LAtraffic).
With the new milestone, Kobe will still remain in 5th on the all-time scoring list, behind Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, and Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar respectively. At 30,000 points, Kobe would be 1,419 points behind Wilt Chamberlain, a record he should easily pass in the later half of the season.
So for now the question turns to when will he reach this milestone? Laker fans would love the chance to recognize Kobe’s feat in the friendly confines of the Staples Center. Kobe is 52 points away, and the Lakers schedule has them on a three game road trip to Houston, New Orleans, And Oklahoma City. With Kobe averaging 27.3 points a game, it looks most likely to either happen on the road against New Orleans or Oklahoma City. Otherwise, in the off chance that Kobe only averages around 17 points for the next three games(or Mike D’Antoni channels his inner Greg Poppovich), it is possible for it to happen the following game at home against Utah.
While it would be great for him to get it at home, one can’t help but think Kobe won’t mind too much either way. It seems Kobe has only had one goal his whole career, and that one won’t be decided until June.