With a lay-up over Robin Lopez in the second quarter of a 103-87 Los Angeles Lakers victory versus the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant has now become a member of the illustrious 30,000 career points club.
Bryant joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928), Michael Jordan (32,292) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) as the only players in NBA history to surpass that prestigious plateau.
All four of those players are members of the Basketball Hall-Of-Fame.
At 34 years of age, Kobe is the youngest to hit the scoring mark. Kareem was 36 years and 217 days, Malone was 36 years and 189 days and Jordan was 38 years and 321 days.
Chamberlain, who previously held the record for youngest to thirty-thousand, was just 35 years and 179 days old.
If Bryant were to average 25 points a game for the rest of his career, it would take him at least four more seasons to surpass the league record set by Abdul-Jabbar.
Many fans and basketball personalities took to social media to express their congratulations to the “Black Mamba” on this historic night.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 6, 2012
CONGRATS 2 THE GREAT KOBE "BEAN" BRYANT 4 DROPPING 30,004 POINTS OVER HIS CAREER AND STILL COUNTING.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) December 6, 2012
Mad Respect And Love To Kobe Bryant For Reaching 30,000 Points Scored Tonight.Seeya In Da Garden Under Orange And Blue Skies.Ya-Dig?Sho-Nuff
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) December 6, 2012
Even with all of the Lakers struggles this season, Kobe Bryant remains the one constant who continues to outperform, overachieve and outclass his opposition, which is even more special considering the mileage on his body.
He has certainly earned his place in the discussion for one of the greatest players in NBA history.
Christopher Walder is the Lead Editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You can follow him on Twitter @WALDERSPORTS