Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Doubts Kobe Bryant Can Approach His All-Time Scoring Record

by March 27, 2014

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar continues to look for an opportunity to join an ownership group, which might happen in Milwaukee. When discussing the Los Angeles Lakers’ injury-riddled season and their superstar Kobe Bryant, Cap doesn’t sound too worried about his all-time scoring record (38,387) falling in the coming years. Per the LA Daily News:

“The team very likely will change hands and there are a number of people that are interested,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I’ve had some people approach me. But there’s nothing yet.”

“I talked with (Bucks owner Herb Kohl), but he’s talked to a lot of people,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “The team isn’t doing well and not making money. They will have to figure out a better business plan.”

“They need their own TV network where they can sell cable subscriptions throughout Wisconsin,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “That brings your bottom line up and you can do the things you need to do to get good players.”

Abdul-Jabbar sounded more concerned about Kobe Bryant, who played only six games this season amid rehabbing his left Achilles tendon and later fracturing his left knee.

“Kobe is very dedicated and has worked on his body,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “But he’s having major failures and not just minor stuff. Spontaneously breaking a bone is not a good sign.”

That’s why Abdul-Jabbar sounded confident Bryant will not near his NBA all-time scoring record of 38,387 points. Bryant ranks fourth overall with 31,700 points, trailing Abdul-Jabbar’s mark by 6,687 points. Should he play all 82 games through the 2015-16 season and retire in what would mark a 20-year career with the Lakers, Bryant would need to average at least 40.7 points per contest to eclipse that mark.

“It’s going to be tough. The problem for him is if he’s going to break the record, he would have be the focus of the offense,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “But what does he have to worry about? He can walk away and be satisfied. He has the jewelry and the stats.”