The LA Times Mark Medina recently wrote a piece on how the lockout could affect Kobe’s chances on climbing the NBA’s all-time scoring list, and mentioned a conversation he had with Phil Jackson last season:
I asked the former Lakers coach last season which player Bryant wants to pass on the scoring list the most, Jackson replied without hesitation, “Michael Jordan.” Bryant argued that wasn’t true and continued touting his sole motivation entails trying to minimize the gap between Bill Russell’s 11 NBA titles and his own five. Bryant isn’t lying when he says that’s his main motivation, but it’s misleading to act indifferent about it when teammates, media and the general public know he’s driven to be the best player ever.
Bryant is currently sixth on the all-time scoring list with 27,868 points.
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