Bryant Approaching No. 11 on Scoring List

Friday evening’s contest between the Lakers and Chicago Bulls in the Windy City promises to be an exciting matchup between the twice defending champs and a rising power in the Eastern Conference, albeit with a significant historical slant.

This because Kobe Bryant is only 21 points away from passing Celtics legend John Havlicek for 11th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. With 24 points against the Clippers on Wednesday, Bryant reached 26,375 for his career, 20 points behind Havlicek’s 26,395.

Furthermore, if Bryant continues to score at his current pace, he’ll jump all the way up to sixth on the all-time charts by the end of the season, surpassing Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone along the way.

Not bad.