Kobe Bryant made history Sunday (Dec. 14), surpassing Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
The Los Angeles Lakers star, in his 19th season, finished Sunday’s game with 26 points on 7-of-20 shooting, along with six rebounds and two assists, on the way to a 100-94 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on their home turf.
Kobe now moves to third place on the list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone with 32,310 points.
“I’m just honored to be here, man, to still be playing,” Bryant said. “I appreciate being able to play this long. Careers normally don’t last this long. I really appreciate the opportunity to still be out there playing and performing and doing what I do.”
Jordan, himself, offered congratulations to Kobe in a statement: I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone. He’s obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I’ve enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”
“He knows how much I’ve learned from him,” Bryant said of Jordan. “From the other legends, but him in particular.”
To commemorate the achievement, Nike has released a special edition version of the Kobe 9 Elite, dubbed “Mamba Moment”, which is available online now.
LeBron James, who grew up admiring Kobe, took to Twitter to congratulate him on the feat, calling him a “Living legend.”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 15, 2014