There is no question that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the most prolific scorer in NBA history but Kobe Bryant has the opportunity to pass him if he can stay healthy.
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Daily News, Kareem states that he isn’t too worried about Kobe passing him due to his recent injury history:
“Kobe is very dedicated and has worked on his body,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “But he’s having major failures and not just minor stuff. Spontaneously breaking a bone is not a good sign.”
That’s why Abdul-Jabbar sounded confident Bryant will not near his NBA all-time scoring record of 38,387 points. Bryant ranks fourth overall with 31,700 points, trailing Abdul-Jabbar’s mark by 6,687 points. Should he play all 82 games through the 2015-16 season and retire in what would mark a 20-year career with the Lakers, Bryant would need to average at least 40.7 points per contest to eclipse that mark.
“It’s going to be tough. The problem for him is if he’s going to break the record, he would have be the focus of the offense,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “But what does he have to worry about? He can walk away and be satisfied. He has the jewelry and the stats.”
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