Kobe Bryant is already fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and is only 675 points behind Michael Jordan who is currently in third place, but is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s number one spot (38,387 points) in his sights?
During an hour-long interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Kobe revealed whether he’d be chasing Kareem’s all-time scoring record as his career runs down:
[pullquote]Kimmel: You need less than 7000 points to break Kareem’s [Abdul-Jabbar] scoring record. Is that important to you?
Bryant: No, you know, I’ve never given that thought. It was never something that was a goal of a mine growing up; it’s not a goal now. People don’t really understand how obsessed I am with winning. I don’t care about anything else on the basketball court but winning.[/pullquote]
I think that moving ahead of Jordan would be big for Bryant, and that’s definitely doable – he’ll probably move ahead of MJ next season – though moving ahead of Kareem could be tough. Kobe would have to play for roughly 3.2 more seasons and average 25 points per game in order to get close to or overtake The Cap. That’s doable if Bryant comes back from his injury close to where he was before.
Rings may be the most important thing on Kobe’s mind right now, but I’d bet that he wouldn’t mind owning the NBA’s all-time scoring record when it’s all said and done.