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Bryant still way short of NBA's top scoring honor

November 7, 2009 |  4:47 pm


Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to score 24,000 points Friday night. He passed Allen Iverson for 16th on the league's all-time scoring list.

Bryant now has a total of 24,027 points during his 14-year career.

Still, he's 14,360 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time record of 38,387.

Abdul-Jabbar accomplished his feat over a 20-year career. He retired at 42.

Bryant is 31 and might have to play until he's 40-something to surpass Abdul-Jabbar to be the NBA's scoring king.

"The question is, do I want to play until I'm 40?" Bryant said after practice Saturday. "That's the question."

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives around Memphis' Sam Young during Friday night's game. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times