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.
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?