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Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:29 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 10:25 pm
Kobe Bryant became the all-time leader in points in the All-Star Game Sunday. (Getty Images)

Posted by Royce Young

ORLANDO -- Kobe Bryant can check another milestone off his list. And it's his favorite kind of milestone -- the kind where he moves past Michael Jordan in something.

In the second half of the 2012 All-Star Game, Kobe passed Jordan for first all-time in total points in the All-Star Game with a dunk late in the third quarter to give him 263 points. He passed Oscar Robertson (246 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (251) earlier in Sunday night's game.

Bryant, a 14-time All-Star (tied most all-time) and a four-time All-Star MVP, entered the game with 244 points, 18 behind Jordan's all-time mark of 262. Jordan's career-high in an All-Star Game was 40 in 1988. Kobe's was 37 in 2011.

Jordan played in 13 All-Star games, and Kobe's 13th as well. Both were selected to 14.

Kobe's career resume continues to grow to ridiculous proportions. He became the fifth leading all-time scorer earlier this season and with his All-Star appearances, titles (five), an MVP and all the rest he has in his pocket, it's pretty easy to build a top 10, if not top five case for Bryant.


Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:47 pm

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

#1 There's still expansion teams today- what, did Charlotte, New Orleans and Miami all go away? Current League is watered down Mo!
#2 If MVP were ALL popularity, Kobe would have more. The only reason he wins All-Defensive is for that very reason!
#3 Jordan might not have won a ring without Pippen but that is VERY debatable- but nonetheless he was still the MAN on his own team. Meanwhile, Kobe would only have 2 rings if it weren't for Shaq who was the MAN on the Lakers.
#4 MJ is the ball hog who shoots 50% from the field- Kobe wishes he shot as well! Plus he has more assists anyway and the Triangle does not prohibit assists dude. Being from Chicago, I know the Triangle offense well- Tex is my boy.
#5 Piddle paddling about assists is total BS- look at all the other stats Mo! MJ dominates Kobe.
#6 HS/College is irrelevant in this discussion. MJ could've come into the NBA straight and done great- dude shot 54% at NC! And just by you bringing up James Worthy proves how little you know- Worthy was in his last year while Jordan was a freshman and still averaged less than 2 points more per game! MJ was the man the next two years! Only talk about things you know about dude.

MJ is the greatest and I am not hurt because he was passed up by a lame stat. But I'm sick of these Sports Writers trying to make comparisons. Just because Kobe scored those points only shows what a ball hog he is- Jordan could've scored that if he tried also. All things being equal MJ would've dominated the late '90s and '00s. Rules may change but players don't- that is a dumb statement.

I don't need your respect, I only require you to know what you're talking about. You obviously don't so sit down and shutup!!!

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:42 pm

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

whatever.  the only thing more meaningless than an nba regular season game is an nba all star game. 

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:46 pm

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

All Time All Star stats mean absolutely squat. Who cares? It might mean something to an egomaniac, which I think Kobe is, but in the scheme of life it's meaningless. For his record what was his reward? A broken face and a concussion. Sweeeeet, hope he enjoys the record.

Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:27 pm

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

Here's some other facts Da_Mike: 

MJ played in a watered down league when the NBA had expansion teams
MVP award has always been a popularity contest so that is meaningless
MJ couldn't win a ring without Pippen and even said he would've not come out of retirement if Pippen was not in the lineup
MJ is the true ball hog with a 24 shot attempts per game for his career where kobe is at 19
It took MJ 7 years and Phil Jackson to win a ring along with 2 HOF (pippen & Rodman)

MJ isn't the best scorer that would be be Wilt "the stilt" Chamberlan or Kareem with his unstoppable sky hook
MJ has only .6 (which is a fraction lol) more assists but Kobe's entire career was in the Triangle offense where as MJ had 6 or 7 years not restricted from the Triangle. 
(And if you don't know how the Triangle works then just shut up and sit down)
Kobe started out of High School because he had more Talent than MJ out of high school. 
MJ wasn't even the primary on the Tar Heels until Big Game James Worthy moved onto the NBA

MJ is great but please stop getting all butt hurt that he is being passed up.  MJ never scored 80+ points or 62 in 3 quarters.  Both Kobe and MJ are the BEST in there ERA as Wilt was the Best in his and so on.  Rules have changed and the circle of players have changed so saying MJ was better or Kobe was better is impossible to predict. 

I will have more respect for you as a basketball fan if you can adhere to MJ's faults as much as you tout about his accomplishments.

Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:13 pm

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

When you say Ball Hog I hope you factor in MJ in that category.  If you don't then I suggest you do your homework instead of looking like some naive little kid who hates Kobe for crushing your Knicks for the past 6+ years.  MJ played 15 seasons and shot the ball 2000+ more times than Kobe.  In fact MJ's average shot attempts for his career is 24 where as Kobe's is 19 per game.  So as my favorite character in the show The League would say, "Sssuuuuuck Iiiiiiiiit" LOL

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:35 pm

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

More like "all time ball hog"

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:28 am

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

Not quite sure what the point is here. Are you trying to draw up another worthless Jordan-Kobe comparison? If so, this is a meaningless point. Trying to score when there's no defense should be easy. Try these facts/stats:

Michael Jordan won 10 scoring titles (would've won 12 in a row if it weren't for the mysterious "retirement"). Kobe has 3.
Michael Jordan was the Man on 6 title runs taking 6 Playoff MVPs. Kobe was second fiddle to Shaq in 3 titles and was finally the Man in two titles taking MVP in both. I don't even want to get into how their Finals opponents stack up, because that's a JOKE!
Michael Jordan averaged 30.1 ppg, 6.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and shot .497 FG% for a career.
Kobe Bryant averages 25.4 ppg, 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and shoots .454 FG% over a career, all less than Jordan.
Jordan's performance enhanced when the playoffs hit in every major category, while Kobe's is the same or less in every major category. When the pressure is on, Jordan is the Man.
Jordan has 5 league MVPs. Kobe has 2.

There is no denying Kobe is a great NBA player, but please STOP comparing him to Jordan- there really is no comparison as MJ has him beat in every category except longevity. Kobe started earlier out of High School and has played straight thru, while MJ had to deal with a serious injury and two abbreviated retirements.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:15 am

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

Considering the lack of defense that is played, I could get 30 in an All Star Game. (im almost 50 yrs old!)
The NBA is a joke. ON par with professional wrestling.  TRASH! 

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:05 am

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

How many more points would Jordan have scored if he went straight to the NBA from high school?  Kobe would've needed a few more years to catch him.  I grew up in Chicago and Jordan will always be my favorite player.  Kobe is the clearly the best in the game right now, he belongs in the same category as Jordan.  LeBron isn't even close.

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:46 am

Kobe passes Michael Jordan as top All-Star scorer

Ha-ha (Simpson's laugh).  You like that Jordan?

Good job Kobe.  Let's take back a rightful Laker record.

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