Kobe Bryant says he was unaware about eclipsing 28,000 career points
Kobe Bryant would like to claim he had no idea he became the youngest player to reach 28,000 points in the Lakers' 99-90 loss Sunday to the Denver Nuggets. That is, until a reporter told him so.
But let's be real. Bryant wants to be the greatest NBA player he can become, and that of course comes with compiling as many championship rings and points (sixth all-time with 28,012 points) as his immense talent and aging body will allow. So let's drop the politically correct talk. Below is what Bryant said about achieving the milestone followed by what I believe he really thinks.
What Bryant said on achieving the milestone: "I didn't even know I did that."
What I believe Bryant really thought: Thank God, it finally happened. I was only four points away from getting that record, but I could've even achieve that mark until the second half.
What Bryant said on if he has any thoughts on what this means for his career: "Not really."
What I believe Bryant really thought: What am I supposed to say? If I tell them it means a lot, then everyone will think I was gunning against Denver just to get the record. But yeah it means a lot. Now I just need 585 points to pass Shaq, 3,408 more to pass Wilt and 4,281 to pass Michael. Next time, I'll be sure not to smile so it's not as obvious that I actually care about this a lot.
What Bryant said on if he realized he achieved the milestone Sunday: "What I realize is I have to make some adjustments with this jumper."
What I believe Bryant really thought: Yup, that's what Bryant was thinking. But he was, so of course he can climb up the NBA's all-time leading scoring list even more.
Bryant on why he says he's indifferent about his career milestone: "I don't think about it much. I don't really put any stock into it. I think at the end of the day when my career is over, I'll probably look back and let it all set in. But not right now."
What I believe Bryant really thought: I've got bigger things to worry about, such as an injured wrist and whether I can win with this team. I'm also going to save my bravado for when I pass Shaq and Michael. Hopefully even Kareem.
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant waits for play to resume against the Nuggets during the fourth quarter Sunday in Denver. Credit: Chris Schneider / Associated Press / January 1, 2012)