Kobe Bryant: ‘Awesome’ LeBron James Will Surpass Him on Scoring List

by January 21, 2020
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LeBron James will soon overtake Kobe Bryant as the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer, and Bryant couldn’t be happier for James.

“I think it’s awesome,” says The Black Mamba, who pumped in 33,643 points over the course of a 20-year Hall of Fame career.

Bryant fondly recalls the “love and respect” he got from Michael Jordan when he passed MJ, adding that he admires the work LeBron has put in over the years.

Per The Athletic:

“It’s great,” Bryant said. “I think it’s great for him. I mean, the amount of work he’s put in over his career, consistency, I think it’s awesome.”

Jordan texted Bryant to congratulate him. That message remains Bryant’s favorite memory from that night, and the sentiment behind it is something he will pay forward to James.

“That was the most important thing,” Bryant said last week.

“That was cool. Because it’s such a brotherhood, such an amount of respect between us as players, and you know the amount of work and consistency you have to put in over time so it’s nothing but love and respect.”

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