It’s funny how things work out.
On Sunday night, Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and now sits in third place behind Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, though the Black Mamba didn’t score the last two points on his patented fadeaway jumper from the baseline.
Instead, Bryant passed Jordan at the free throw line, and that’s kind of fitting seeing as the five-time NBA champion’s first ever NBA point also came at the charity stripe.
Bryant’s first point didn’t come at home in Los Angeles, either, but instead at Madison Square Garden in New York City, an arena that would later see Bryant go off for record-setting 61 points in 2009.
Oh, and the other cool thing about this historic moment? Byron Scott was on the team when Bryant hit that free throw at the Garden back in 1996, and he was also there to congratulate Kobe when he passed MJ at the stripe tonight.