Michael Jordan NBA history
VIDEO: Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan
With a set of no-cost throws with 5:24 going within the second quarter in Minnesota on Sunday evening, Kobe Bryant tied and passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring number. Bryant currently sits at #3, trailing just Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
Bryant ended up being a ready passer in early stages Sunday, and shot just 1-for-5 in the first quarter. Upon re-entering the overall game into the 2nd, he quickly moved for Jordan, hitting a fast-break three on his first unpleasant possession regarding the period, lacking a turnaround jumper in the post, then drawing a foul on Zach LaVine on an early on standard drive. After a timeout, he nailed both free punches therefore the game had been ended to ensure that both groups could acknowledge the achievement and Wolves owner Glen Taylor could award him the basketball.
Bryant finished with 26 points on 7-for-20 shooting, capping his night utilizing the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:02 going.
Indications tend to be that Bryant will retire when their contract expires at the conclusion of the following season, his 20th inside league. So it’s doubtful that he’ll move further within the number. He would must stay away from accidents and a scoring dip merely to capture Malone because of the end of the 2016-17 period, when he’ll be nearing their 39th birthday celebration.
No. 24 features passed away No. 23 to be #3.
MOVIE: Kobe talks about moving MJ
The full Jordan statement released to AP: —
Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski)
Standing ovation the Ebony Mamba in Minnesota. Kobe Bryant obtains the overall game basketball.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers)
— Earvin Secret Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
Laker fans we've been therefore endowed to view Kobe Bryant, one of several top 5 or 6 most readily useful players previously, play in a Lakers consistent!
Just like we have never seen another player like Michael Jordan, we shall never ever see another player like Kobe Bryant!
Kobe on getting compliments from legends like MJ and Magic: “That’s what is important for me personally is playing for the respect of this greats."