These days it seems like Kobe Bryant is notching a new milestone every game.
That’s what happens when you’re in year 20 of a career that has featured 17 all-star nods, five championships and an MVP award. In an otherwise frustrating loss to Sacramento on Friday, Bryant passed former teammate and fellow Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal on the NBA’s made-shots list.
In the second quarter, the 37-year-old cleaned up a miss from D’Angelo Russell and banked in a jumper from the edge of the paint, giving him 11,331 career baskets — one more than O’Neal, who ironically is now a part-owner of the Kings.
Only Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15,837), Karl Malone (13,528), Wilt Chamberlain (12,681) and Michael Jordan (12,192) sit ahead of Bryant, who also hit three more shots after surpassing O’Neal.
With 32,519 points, Bryant is also the third-leading scorer in league history, behind Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Malone (36,928).