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KOBE PASSES JORDAN FOR THIRD ALL TIME
Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan as the third all time leading scorer in the NBA with a pair of free throws against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.
“I’m just honored to be here, man, to still be playing,” Bryant said. “I appreciate being able to play this long. Careers normally don’t last this long. I really appreciate the opportunity to still be out there playing and performing and doing what I do.”
The game did not stop for Jordan when he passed the mark against the New York Knicks, but after Bryant sank his foul shots, the Target Center in Minneapolis stopped to appreciate one of the league’s greatest.
Congratulations, Kobe. Only another 6,000 more points if you want all-time leader.
NIKE PREPARED A SPECIAL ID KOBE 9 FOR TIMBERWOLVES GAME
A little over a week ago, Nike basketball revealed a silhouetted sneaker that would commemorate the record breaking event. The sneaker was revealed to be the Nike ID Kobe 9 Elite Low “Mamba Moment.”. Take a look.
“I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone. He’s obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I’ve enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.”
Miami Heat’s Josh McRoberts is likely to out for the rest of the season and Chris Bosh is out indefinitely as well.
McRoberts is out with a severe right knee injury, while Bosh is sidelined with a calf strain.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra announced the status of both players after Monday’s practice, a session in which the team had just eight players available in advance of Tuesday’s game in Brooklyn. The Heat also could be without star guard Dwyane Wade, who missed Monday’s practice with a stomach virus.
“Injuries are a part of this game — how you respond to adversities, to things that are tough, that’s what reveals your collective character as a group,” Spoelstra said. “I told the guys there will be brighter days. It always usually evens out at the end. We’re being hit pretty strong with the injury bug right now.”
The Heat (11-13) are off to their worst start in Spoelstra’s seven seasons as coach and now face the challenge of moving forward for the next several weeks with a severely depleted roster. McRoberts, one of the team’s top free-agent additions this past summer after the departure of LeBron James, is scheduled for surgery to repair a torn meniscus within the next few days.
McRoberts injured the knee late in the fourth quarter of the Heat’s win in Phoenix last Tuesday when he fell awkwardly to the court while pursuing a loose ball. He played in 17 games this season and averaged 4.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists, but had been recovering from one injury or another since he signed a four-year, $23 million deal with the Heat in July. He had toe surgery in the offseason and was also limited through the initial months of the season with foot and back injuries.
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