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导读： For all the hardware he’d accumulated in his life — championship rings, MVP trophies, All-Star awards — one peculiar item heralded the imminent appearance of the NBA’s third-leading scorer at a postgame news conference. A green plastic bucket fille...
For all the hardware he’d accumulated in his life — championship rings, MVP trophies, All-Star awards — one peculiar item heralded the imminent appearance of the NBA’s third-leading scorer at a postgame news conference. A green plastic bucket filled with ice。
It was carried into a warm, tightly packed room and placed below the table where Kobe Bryant would sit, as important as any other symbol that this wasn’t the type of milestone that came easily。
After weeks of speculation, analysis and, of course, argument, Bryant passed Michael Jordan with a pair of free throws in the second quarter of the Lakers’ 100-94 victory Sunday over the Minnesota Timberwolves。
It wasn’t as climactic as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s sky hook to make him the league’s all-time scoring leader. It wasn’t as uncontroversial as Karl Malone’s steady stroll to second on the list, one pick-and-roll at a time。
It wasn’t even guaranteed to be the biggest Bryant news event of the past week, his "soft like Charmin" rant at practice taking plenty of spins in the national sports cycle a few days earlier。
But it finally happened, 1,269 regular-season games into a career that began with a trade, Charlotte to Los Angeles, and filled with individual visions of topping Jordan in championships and accolades。
"He knows how much I’ve learned from him, from the other legends, and him in particular," Bryant said after dunking his feet into his postgame ice bath. "That’s the most important thing to me, I think, is playing for the respect of the greats and feeling like I’m a part of that culture, part of that brotherhood."
Bryant had 26 points to give him 32,310 overall, a hefty total despite plenty of people who would side with Jordan over one simple question: "Who’s better?" Bryant has won only two scoring titles, unlike the 10 earned by Jordan. He needed 197 more games than Jordan to hit Sunday’s mark.
The counter-argument, of course, is that Jordan had to carry the Chicago Bulls on his own for several years until Scottie Pippen came of age. Bryant, on the other hand, was surrounded by talent from the start, be it the brute force of Shaquille O’Neal, the timely shooting of Robert Horry or the veteran punch of Brian Shaw and Rick Fox。
Not that Jordan seemed to care either way, complimenting Bryant soon after being passed by him. "He’s obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic, and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball," Jordan said in a statement released through the team he owns, the Charlotte Hornets. "I’ve enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next."
It really is okay to appreciate Kobe Bryant without comparing him to Michael Jordan. The arguments were unfair to Bryant and in some ways disrespectful to Jordan because the milestone didn’t make Bryant better than Jordan last Sunday any more than Karl Malone became better than Wilt Chamberlain in December 2002 after he moved into second place all-time on the scoring list, or Dirk Nowitzki became greater than Hakeem Olajuwon last month when he became the greatest scorer born outside of the United States。