Kobe Passes Shaq for 5th on the NBA's All-Time Scoring List
Mike Trudell | Lakers Reporter
With a long two-point jump shot against Philadelphia in the second quarter of L.A.'s Monday night game, Bryant officially passed former teammate Shaquille O'Neal, with 28,597 points.
Of all the Hall of Fame names that Kobe Bryant has passed on his assault up the NBA's all-time scoring list – like Jerry West, or Oscar Robertson, or Larry Bird -- this one may have meant the most.
"It's a huge honor," said Bryant, later admitting that it did mean more to pass Shaq having been through so much with him. "I've played a lot of basketball … I've been very, very fortunate and worked very, very hard."
In his 16 seasons, Kobe has averaged a robust 25.4 points per game, even rising this season due to his league-leading 29.3 a night, remarkable for a player who has played more playoff minutes than any player in the league's history. And his scoring numbers were likely muted for his first four seasons in particular, when Shaq ate first.
Shaq had this to say via his Twitter account: "Congrats to Kobe for being the greatest laker ever … Thanks for making us the greatest laker one two punch ever and congrats on passin me up 2."
Up next for Kobe? None other than four of the greatest to lace 'em up: Wilt Chamberlain (4th/31,419); Michael Jordan (3rd/32,292); Karl Malone (2nd/36,928); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1st/38,387) [By the way … of the six all-time leading scorers in league history, six have worn Lakers uniforms]. And while Kobe could catch both Wilt and Jordan in the next two seasons if he keeps up even a far lesser scoring pace than his current 29.3, he admitted that there's only one real goal left.
"I just want No. 6, man," Bryant said with a smile in his native city. "I'm not asking too much. Just give me a sixth one, (expletive)."