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December 14, 2014 Updates

With a pair of free throws in the second quarter Sunday evening, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant moved up one notch on the all-time NBA scoring ledger, taking over third place and passing Michael Jordan. Bryant, 36, entered Sunday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves needing nine points to surpass Jordan, who had 32,292 points over 15 seasons. He passed Jordan by making both his free throws after being fouled by T'wolves rookie Zach LaVine on a drive with 5 minutes, 24 seconds. USA Today Sports

Kevin Ding: Game is stopped. Kobe gets hugs all around. PA announcer announces it. Tribute images on the overhead scoreboard. Twitter @KevinDing

I've been lucky enough to cover Bryant since he arrived in 1996 (and his father, Joe, as a Philadelphia 76er in the '70s). Kobe's the most exciting player I ever saw. routinely doing stuff that defied belief. Unfortunately, they don't give you extra points for degree of difficulty. If they did, Kobe would have been the greatest there ever was. No one may have ever been to the heights that Bryant reached at his zenith, simply because no one else ever did anything close to what he did while taking shots as crazy and making the game as hard. Forbes.com

Bill Oram: Byron confident Kobe will pass MJ on before halftime tonight. And th shot? "If I had to guess, it's going to be that patented fallaway." Twitter @billoram

When Lakers (7-16) play the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-17) today at Target Center, Bryant will need to score only nine points to eclipse Jordan’s 32,292 career points for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Unsurprisingly, Bryant’s upcoming milestone has fueled the never-ending comparisons to Jordan, something that has followed Bryant throughout his 19-year career. But Young’s uneasiness to Jordan’s question provided a snapshot on how the current generation of NBA players idolize Bryant the same way the Lakers’ 36-year-old star admires Jordan. “It’s so hard to compare anyone to Michael, but I think it’s fair to say Kobe is the second coming of MJ,” said Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, who grew up watching Bryant while playing for Knight High in Palmdale. “Kobe has transcended the league the same way I felt Michael did.” Los Angeles Daily News

Bryant is early in his 19th NBA season. He doesn't know whether he'll play after his current contract expires following next season, although Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak suspects Bryant will retire. If surpassing Jordan's career points total is Bryant's final milestone on his rise, he'll be grateful to sit alongside one of his heroes. "It's not like a distraction or anything," Bryant said. "It's not like it's (not) going to happen. I just take it all in stride." USA Today Sports

December 13, 2014 Updates

But with a stated intention of not playing beyond next season, reaching Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 is almost unimaginable for No. 24. In fact, Scott doesn’t see anyone catching Abdul-Jabbar. “I think that’s gonna stand for a while,” Scott said. “I don’t think in our lifetime we’re going to see it being broken. … It’s going to be hard for somebody to break that. They’re going to have to play 20-something years I think to get that one.” Karl Malone is second on the career scoring list with 36,928. Orange County Register

Target Center's video player tracking technology, STATS' SportVU, collects footage on the how much players run and tries to measure the energy level they exert. Muhammad often has an energy value that's at the top of the charts, but recently it's dipped in the second half. "We've seen lately where it dropped a little bit, and that's because his ankle seems to tighten up at halftime a little bit and gets a little tighter when we get into the second half," coach Flip Saunders said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

December 11, 2014 Updates

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