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Kobe Bryant Scores 30,000th Point

By December 6, 2012

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Kobe Bryant reached the 30,000-point mark in career scoring during last night's win over the Hornets. He's just the fifth player in league history to hit that lofty plateau and - at 34 years of age - the youngest.

(Of course, the fact that he entered the league right out of high school certainly helped. He has already appeared in more games than either of the next two players in the all-time scoring list - Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan.)

Does Kobe have a chance to catch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - the NBA's all-time scoring leader? My back-of envelope math says, "yes" - but only if he wants to. He'd need to maintain his current pace for about four more seasons after this one, and he has hinted that he'll consider retirement when his current contract expires in 2014.

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