The path to history: How LeBron passed Kobe in all-time scoring

After Kobe Bryant showed up to watch LeBron James and the Lakers earlier this season, James reflected on the two players’ careers.

“Two guys that came straight out of high school, a lot of pressure put on both of us at such a young age. … Just use that every single day on trying to be the best in the world. And inspire kids all over the world. We share a lot similarities,” James said.

One of those similarities is in scoring. Entering the 2019-20 season, Bryant and James ranked No. 3 and No. 4 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. On Saturday, James completed what had been a 17-year journey to close the scoring gap between the two players.

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