Kobe Bryant is in his 19th season of basketball, and while he’s earned his own accolades over the years, he’s been compared to a particular veteran player several times during his career: Michael Jordan. Now, he’s surpassed the legendary athlete in points, and Jordan himself has issued a statement regarding the milestone.
“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,” Jordan said.
As for Bryant, he says he’s just happy to still be going in the world of basketball after all these years and admits he’s learned a lot from the talented men he’s played with, not the least of which is Jordan.
“He knows how much I’ve learned from him. From the other legends, but him in particular,” Bryant said.
Bryant led the Lakers to victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night after entering the game just nine points shy of Jordan’s record. After scoring 26 points on his own, he surpassed the legend and earned himself a party and a cake on the team plane.
“I’m just honored to be here, man, to still be playing. 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,” Bryant said.