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JasonJohnHorn
02-07-2012, 07:30 PM
Everybody and their dog knows that Kobe just passed Shaq on the all-time scorers list, but my quest is this: Could Kobe pass Kareem?

considering the fact that even at 33 Kobe is still capable of leading the league in scoring, and considering his condidtioning and the fact that MJ was still scoring 20+ at 41 years of age, is it possible for Kobe to pass Kareem?

Yes or no?

UPRock
02-07-2012, 07:42 PM
Who knows, he can but it all depends in his injury's.

DeathB4Dishonor
02-07-2012, 07:45 PM
Can he? Yes
Will he? No doubtful
If Jordan was healthy and never retired he would easily be the all time scoring leader but obviously **** happens and I doubt Kobe will pass Kareem. He takes way too many shots as is and it is severly hindering the Lakers season because of his selfishness.

Nick O
02-07-2012, 07:51 PM
no i dont see it.. not that it really matters to me.. wilt ad M.J have the highest PPG for their careers .. but i dont see anyway kobe really gets it unless he plays for a bunch of years well after his prime and i see those getting ugly.. picture him shooting as much as he does now.. but shooting like 30%

BigBongTheory
02-07-2012, 08:03 PM
I mean, it's possible but i don't see him playing that long and it also depends on injuries. him passing jordan is very realistic, but passing kareem would be something years down the road, at this pace he is going to be right behind jordan at the end of next years regular season.

whitemamba33
02-07-2012, 08:06 PM
He's said recently that he wouldn't hang around if he was a 18-19 ppg scorer...so that pretty much ends this discussion.

But people will still say that all he cares about is scoring...so I guess i'm supposed to take PSD's word over Kobe's himself...............lol.

KB-Pau-DH2012
02-07-2012, 08:10 PM
This is how I look at it; if Kobe averages 28 ppg for the rest of the season, which is 41 more games, he'll be at around 28,800 points by the end of the 2011-2012 season.

He has 2 yrs left on his contract after that, and I believe he'll extend his contract by 2 more yrs if the Lakers win a title during the remainder of his current contract. That means he'll play 4 more yrs beyond this yr, and with that German procedure he got done on his knee, he can easily average 25 ppg per season over the next 4 seasons.

He's going to want to play all 82 games of the remaining 4 seasons. 82 x 4 x 25 = 8200 points


28,800 + 8,200 = 37,000 career points.


So I think he'll surpass Malone and still be about 1500 points or so short of Kareem. He will finish #2 all-time!

3mikee_
02-07-2012, 08:40 PM
I doubt he'll pass Kareem .. his body just can't keep this up. He is too much of a volume scorer to be able to sustain this when he's 35+ years old. But then again you never know, maybe he'll miraculously become extremely efficient and take only good shots, but I doubt that considering he said he's not gonna stick around averaging 18/19 ppg.

TheRunKiller
02-07-2012, 08:43 PM
Hell No.

Iodine
02-07-2012, 08:50 PM
No, but jesus that's not a bad thing lol.

Lakers + Giants
02-07-2012, 08:53 PM
He'll pass Jordan and become 3rd all time. That'll be it IMO.

king4day
02-07-2012, 11:24 PM
How many points does he need?

shep33
02-07-2012, 11:27 PM
I'm a big Kobe fan, but no way he does. I think he ends up 3rd

29$JerZ
02-07-2012, 11:30 PM
I believe he recently stated he doesn't want to hang around in the twilight of his career so most likely not. However he is fully capable.

Chronz
02-07-2012, 11:31 PM
No he refuses to play past his prime the way Kareem did, what a loser

McPeak92
02-07-2012, 11:42 PM
If thats what he wanted to do he could do it no problem but it's up to him if he wants to stay around that long. He's only 33.

Birdmannn
02-08-2012, 12:33 AM
Get him Rondo and he will have a chance.

CB29
02-08-2012, 12:42 AM
Everybody and their dog knows that Kobe just passed Shaq on the all-time scorers list, but my quest is this: Could Kobe pass Kareem?

considering the fact that even at 33 Kobe is still capable of leading the league in scoring, and considering his condidtioning and the fact that MJ was still scoring 20+ at 41 years of age, is it possible for Kobe to pass Kareem?

Yes or no?

u heard this on tim and sid today didn't u?

lavilevi23
02-08-2012, 01:25 AM
Can he? Yes
Will he? No doubtful
If Jordan was healthy and never retired he would easily be the all time scoring leader but obviously **** happens and I doubt Kobe will pass Kareem. He takes way too many shots as is and it is severly hindering the Lakers season because of his selfishness.

This 100%.

flclfanman
02-08-2012, 01:30 AM
hell no. Knowing Kobe, his wrist will fall off before he gets the chance to past Kareem.

jam
02-08-2012, 01:45 AM
Career point totals only begin to hint at the extraordinary impact that Alcindor/Jabbar had on the game of basketball.

Keep in mind that Kareem was a six time regular season MVP, won six championships on two different teams, and was 1st or 2nd team all nba for literally 16 consecutive seasons, until the age of 38. At that age, he was averaging over 23 ppg and still shooting over 56% from the field.

No player in NBA history has been that dominant for such a long period of time. Keep in mind that the NCAA banned the dunk for nearly a decade as well, since Alcindor was simply too dominant of a player.

Kobe is a great player, but there is an extra-ordinary gulf between Kobe and Kareem, aside from career point totals.

JordansBulls
02-08-2012, 05:59 PM
No he refuses to play past his prime the way Kareem did, what a loser

Well he kinda already did that. He played before he was even starting. So that already hurt his numbers.

Chronz
02-08-2012, 06:40 PM
Well he kinda already did that. He played before he was even starting. So that already hurt his numbers.

I get your point but that little head start wasnt enough.