Although we agreed with Kobe Bryant‘s (not pictured, obviously) decision to retire from the NBA after the 2015–16 season, the news still made us sad. For years, we watched as the Mamba attacked the game with veracity, consistently strived for greatness, and never stopped trying to evolve as a player. His unrivaled competitive spirit matched only by his insane work ethic. We truly appreciated everything he brought to the game of basketball. And yet, our appreciation pales in comparison to that of the city he spend his whole career entertaining.
This summer, city officials in Los Angeles declared that August 24 would be “Kobe Bryant Day,” honoring the two numbers he wore during his 20-year career in Tinseltown. Said L.A. City Councilman José Huiza in a statement:
“Among his astonishing list of accomplishments, Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ranks him No. 1 all-time for NBA players who played for a single franchise, and ‘Kobe Bryant Day’ is the City of Los Angeles’ way of thanking him for his single-minded dedication to excellence, the fans and the entire City and region of Los Angeles.
“For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe’s incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we’ll gather to say, ‘Thank you, Mamba.'”
If there’s one thing Bryant did better than most, it’s putting the ball in the basket. So, as the city of Los Angeles prepares to honor him for all he accomplished during his stint with the Lakers, we’ll do the same by taking a look at how he stacks up against the all-time scorers in NBA history. Full disclosure: compared to the top 12 players on the list, Bryant is near the top.