Kobe Bryant has moved into the NBA’s top 10 all-time scoring list, overtaking Oscar Robertson Friday night as the Lakers beat the Hornets.
Kobe is a student of the game, and Robertson was a guy he said he studied on film, he told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.
“It’s a great honor,” Bryant said. “Obviously, Oscar, I patterned so much of my game after his and Jerry [West] and Michael [Jordan] in particular — those big guards — so, it means a lot.
“Specifically, I took [Robertson’s] baseline jumper. He was known for putting his body on smaller guards and taking them down to the short porch on the baseline and raising over them. That’s something I took from him.”
Kobe will keep climbing the list and — if he continue to score at his current pace — should also pass Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes and Hakeem Olajuwon before the season ends.