Tuesday night in Atlanta, Kobe Bryant passed Moses Malone to move into sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Kobe has shot up the list since October, having this season already passed John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes.
Next up: Shaq.
You know Kobe is going to savor that one.
But it’s going to take a while. It will be next season before it happens because Shaq is a moving target. A slowly moving target these days, but a moving target none the less as he is still active.
Right now, Kobe has 27,423 points, while Shaq is at 28,590. That’s 1,167 if you don’t want to do the math. At Kobe’s current 25 points a game pace that is 47 games if Shaq doesn’t score ever again. And he will. Someday. When he gets healthy. Which he swears will be soon.
Kobe spews the clichés but doesn’t get too excited about these records. But passing Shaq? That he will enjoy, there is still a real rivalry there, even if Kobe won’t talk about it in public much.