Kobe Bryant became the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points last night, joining the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlin and the greatest to ever play the game, Michael Jordan.
Kobe’s first point in the NBA happened over 16 years ago against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden from the free throw line.
It’s ironic that the team that drafted Kobe 17 years ago, the Hornets, was the opponent on the night in which Kobe would join the exclusive club of NBA greats.
Check out Kobe’s first point in the NBA, as well as a look from all angles of his 30,000th point and a post-game interview.
Let’s also take a look at some Michael Jordan highlights to help your remember just how good he was.
I grew up in Chicago, so to me, Jordan is the best to ever play the game. That’s not taking anything away from Kobe, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest players in NBA history. He’s just not at Michael’s level of work ethic, heart, and the desire to win like no other.
I mean, even the Lakers’ beloved Magic Johnson says Michael is the best to ever play and there will never be another of his kind.
Take five with Surfer Stephen and some of his favorite viral videos below: