Kobe Bryant – The Legend

Kobe Bryant 8Kobe Bean Bryant entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) right out of high school as the first guard to ever do so, in 1996. On draft night the Hornets selected him and he was immediately, as was prearranged, traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Black Mamba stayed with the Showtime Lakers for his entire 20 year career, earning 18 trips to the All-Star game, being named 15 times to the All-NBA team, locking in 12 All-Defensive Team honors, taking home 5 NBA Championships (one three-peat and one repeat), nabbing 2 NBA Finals MVP Awards, and 1 NBA MVP, among many other honors and accomplishments. His 18X All-Star appearances is second only to NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 19 nods.

Kobe Bryant 24He was a monster on the court, offensively and defensively, and earned the respect of virtually anyone who played or watched the game, even those who hate on the Lakers, for their 16 total NBA Championships, second only to the Boston Celtics who have won 17, 11 of which were gathered with NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Bill Russell.

obe Bryant 5 time champKobe was the first-ever NBA player to amass at least 30,000 career points coupled with 6,000 career assists, and is one of only four NBA players with 25,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 6,000 assists. In 2006, the Black Mamba scored 81 points in a W over the Toronto Raptors, second only to 100 dropped by legend Wilt Chamberlain.

During his career, Kobe averaged 25.0 points, 5.20 rebounds, and 4.69 assists per game. His 33,643 total points scored ranks 4th all-time in the NBA. He played 1,346 regular season games and another 220 NBA playoff games.

Kobe Bryant OscarDue to a very serious torn Achilles tendon in 2013, and further injuries to follow, his remaining few years with the team were not vintage Kobe, although his last game, the 2016 season finale on April 13, saw him scoring a season-high 60 points against Utah, where, during this last hurrah, he outscored the entire Jazz team 23–21 in the fourth quarter, ensuring a Lakers 101–96 victory.

He was also a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner (2008 and 2012) and, after his retirement he won an Oscar in 2018 for the Best Animated Short Film, titled “Dear Basketball.”

Kobe Bryant will be missed on many levels.

May he Rest in Peace!

Over For Now.

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Kobe Bryant Moves To #5 All-time Leading NBA Scorer

Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers, added another statistic to his already impressive resume, which includes 5-time NBA Champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 14-time NBA All Star, 4-time NBA All Star MVP, 2-time NBA Scoring Champion, etc.

This week the Black Mamba moved to the number 5 spot as the All-time NBA Leading Scorer, passing former teammate Shaquille O’Neal, with a total of 28,601 points, averaging 25.36 per game.
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The closest active player behind him is #19 Kevin Garnett with 23,659.

And those who are still ahead of him? Those would be the All Stars in the 30,000 Club:

1) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387 – 24.61 per game
2) Karl Malone 36,928 – 25.02
3) Michael Jordan 32,292 – 30.12
4) Wilt Chamberlain 31,419 – 30.07

Based on his career average, it will take Kobe 111 games to catch Wilt.

If he is able to keep that per game average going, and he is currently performing above that level in this shortened 66-game year, Kobe will move to number 4 in the latter part of the 2012-13 season, not counting any games during the play-offs.

And then sometime in first 23 games of the following season, again not counting post-season, he would pass Michael Jordan.

All of which means that with a substantial number of post-season appearances, Kobe would surpass both Wilt and MJ next season.

The path to achieve #2 and passing Karl Malone seems a bit more daunting as the 4,636 point spread between #2 and #3 would take him into the 2016-2017 season (not counting any post-season games). Not impossible, but certainly a long ways off.

Congratulations to Kobe on his latest achievement.

Over For Now.

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Cultural Ambassador Abdul-Jabbar

Hall-of-Fame Basketball Player and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was named a Global Cultural Ambassador for the United States.


That is quite an honor and Abdul-Jabbar should do very well in that role. After all, he has travelled the world for years representing the country and Americans.

He is also author of a recently released children’s book, What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors. It is available at: amazon.

Abdul-Jabbar is an excellent role model for all.

Over For Now.

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