Kobe Bryant: 28,601

Well, whilst a loss to Philadelphia isn’t cause for celebration, Kobe Bryant passing Shaquille O’Neal to take 5th spot on the All Time scoring tally most certainly is. 

How’d Shaq take it?  With grace and class.

“I want to personally congratulate Kobe on being the greatest Laker ever.

His accomplishment is great and well deserved, and I’m really proud of him. He told me when he was 18 years old that he’d go down as the greatest Laker ever, and one of the greatest players of all time. And he wasn’t lying.

I’m a little jealous of him because I was never able to escape the injury bug in my career, while he’s never really been injured at all. But all of that is a testament to his hard work and dedication. I’m proud of him. I’m happy for him. And, most of all, I want to thank him for being a part of the greatest 1-2 punch ever created, never to be duplicated.”

28,601 points.  That, is amazing.