A lot of people believe that Kobe Bryant has come to terms with the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers won’t win a title this year, and that at this point he has set his sights set on breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record.
According to this totally unverified and potentially false rumor, Bryant realizes that his chances of one-upping the Miami Heat or Oklahoma City Thunder before he calls it quits are slim, and that he is now looking to leave a mark in some other way.
While that theory -- if you take it at face value -- makes a whole lot of sense, it also sort of ignores one little fact: LeBron James will shatter any and all of Bryant’s scoring records.
On Wednesday night, James became the youngest player to reach the 20,000-point mark. James was 28 years and 17 days old when he set the new high tally; Bryant was 29 years and 122 days old when he set it five years ago.
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James also surpassed the 5,000 assists mark last night against the Golden State Warriors. It’s almost a lock that he will shatter all of Bryant’s scoring records, the question now is: how many assists records will he break along the way?