LeBron James Passes Kobe Bryant on All-Time Scoring List


[Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons] LeBron James and Kobe Bryant at a Cleveland vs. Lakers match in 2016.

Rylan Chiu, Staff Writer

On January 25th, 2020, the Lakers lost against the 76ers with a final score of 91-108. Although a very big loss for the team, it’s a massive win for the Lakers player LeBron James. According to ​NBA.com​, LeBron needed just 18 points in the 76ers game to pass former professional player and Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (Paragraph 1). Before the game, Kobe had 33,643 points and LeBron had 33,626 points (Paragraph 1). After the game, LeBron has passed Kobe to become the 3rd highest scorer in NBA history. He scored 29 points that game, bringing his total up to 33,655 points.
Scoring 33,000 points in the NBA isn’t easy. In order to surpass retired Utah Jazz player Karl Malone and become number two on the all-time scoring list, he would have to score 3,000 more points. Still, to achieve such a prominent feat is very impressive, and even Kobe was there to congratulate LeBron on achieving number 3 in the NBA. After the game, everyone celebrated and congratulated him on his amazing accomplishment.
Sadly, the celebration was cut short. Just a day after the game, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Reports from ​The Philadelphia Inquirer​ claims that dense fog is to blame for the crash. The world was in complete shock when the news came out. NBA players have honored their dear friend. Shows, basketball games, and even the Grammys held memorials for him. Although it is an upsetting moment for the world, Kobe will be remembered as a basketball legend and LeBron should still be proud of his achievement despite these tragic times.