The Los Angeles Lakers paid a visit to the Chicago Bulls on Christmas night, where they were buried by Michael Jordan’s old team, 113-93. But Kobe Bryant did talk to Jordan before the game. Kobe passed Jordan recently on the all-time scoring list and now stands at third. However, second place is pretty far away and Kobe may need more than two seasons to catch the guy in second place, Karl Malone.
Still, Jordan had a message for Kobe. From CSN Chicago:
Bryant, who will miss his second-straight game Thursday night because of fatigue, is sitting on 32,365 career points, a few thousand shy of Karl Malone’s 36,928. Bryant won’t get there this year, but barring any health concerns, he could challenge Malone next season. Bryant recently spoke to Jordan as he continues to climb the all-time scoring ladder.
“If you had one guess of what he said, it was, ‘Go get Karl.’ The competitor never stops.”
That’s 4,563 points short of Malone. A 25 point-per-game season would equal to 2,050 points. So, yes, that will take quite a while.
We have no idea what Kobe Bryant’s plans are. But if he does play until he’s 40 and he keeps up a torrid pace, then Kobe might be able to catch Karl Malone’s spot. With Bryant resting due to fatigue, though, this doesn’t seem likely.
Kobe Bryant pic courtesy of Getty Images. H/T to NBC ProBasketballTalk.