HoopsHype Kobe Bryant rumors

December 14, 2014 Updates

Jon Krawczynski: More Jordan: "...and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I've enjoyed watching his game evolve ... Twitter @APkrawczynski

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

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.