No one can ever call LA Laker Kobe Bryant lazy! It hasn’t been a month since he broke the NBA record for points and assists and here he is passing the great Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone have scored more points. It happened Sunday night during the Laker victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bryant only needed nine points to pass Jordon and he hit it with two free throws with just over five minutes to play in the second quarter. After he hit the magic number, the Timberwolves stopped the game while the crowd gave him a standing ovation and the Wolves owner and NBA chairman of the board Glen Taylor presented Bryant with the game ball. He also got hugs from both his teammates and the Timberwolves and he acknowledged the fans with a wave. In response to all this, Bryant said “I’m just honored to be here, man, to still be playing. I appreciate being able to play this long. Careers normally don’t last this long. I really appreciate the opportunity to still be out there playing and performing and doing what I do.” Bryant has often said how much he based his game off Jordon’s and he continued to say “He knows how much I’ve learned from him. From the other legends, but him in particular.” In a statement he released to the Associated Press Jordon, now owner of the Charlotte Hornets, said “I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone. He’s obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I’ve enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next. And from Magic Johnson, another Hall of Famer came this tweet: “Just like we’ve never seen another player like Michael Jordan, we will never see another player like Kobe Bryant!” That’s a pretty good endorsement! Powered by Compete partner, Sedona Real. Please visit their website at www.sedonareal.com.
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