Kobe passes Jordan in scoring. What is the significance?

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With 32,293 points, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jordan for 3rd on the all-time scoring list. That achievement in itself is amazing. Yes, it did take Kobe longer to achieve this goal, but Kobe wasn’t even supposed to be at this point. How is that you ask? Well, after a devastating torn Achilles injury that would end or even slow down a players’ career, Kobe has been playing like the Kobe of old except that he’s 36 going on 37. That in itself is pretty darn impressive.

There will always be comparisons between Jordan and Kobe respectively. You can say that Kobe is the closest thing there is to Jordan in the modern basketball era. What makes them so close in comparison? It’s easy… their competitive nature to go all out and do whatever it is necessary to win the game. Jordan is considered to be the greatest of all time, and I have no arguments whatsoever about that. If you want to talk statistics, I would choose Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the greatest of all time, but that’s a different argument and story.

Kobe has had an illustrious career. Coming into the league at just 17 years of age, and missing key shots in the playoffs during his early career. That never stopped Kobe from being one of the best. Kobe’s failure is what drives him to succeed even more. As Kobe’s career is coming close to and end, he will no doubt be one of the greatest when it’s all said and done. Kobe could of technically won 7 championships in his career if he didn’t lose to the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and the Boston Celtics in 2008. It would be a completely different article if that ever happened. Having 5 NBA championships is no easy task and no one can ever take those away from him. There will forever be a link between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. Kobe will never be Michael. Kobe is Kobe. For what he has done for the game of basketball will never be forgotten, and we’ll just sit back appreciate his greatness.