Kobe Bryant is a household name for NBA fans worldwide. As of the present time, he is nursing an injury which could alter the course of his future. Is this the end of his career or will he continue to push himself beyond the limit?
His former teammate, Shaquille O’Neal has some words of wisdom for the Black Mamba. According to Inquisitr, Shaq said in an interview “If you still got something, you should go because once it’s done you can’t get it back.” He added that if he wasn’t badly hurt, the ex-LA Lakers would have chosen to play his final season and aim to surpass the scoring record of the legendary Wilt Chamberlain.
Speaking about records, the article enumerated too that Kobe Bryant is very near in beating records. At present, he is ranked third when it comes to the NBA all-time high scoring players. For the past 19 seasons, he scored 32,482 career points. There are only few thousand in discrepancy between Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Malone posted the 36,928 mark while Abdul-Jabbar ended his career at 38,387 points. Coincidentally, these three superstars donned the purple and gold jersey for the LA Lakers.
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O’Neal is referring to Chamberlain’s different NBA records especially that leaders in field goal percentages. They are both tied to that matter, as reported by Vox. Chamberlain bid goodbye to his career in 1973 while O’Neal retired four years ago. Amidst the rumors of possible quitting before his 20th season in NBA because of an injury, he reminded Bryant that it must not get in his way.
The same article reported about the LA Lakers #24 athlete’s firm decision to return this August. He stated: “Either I like playing the game and going through this process or I don’t.” This is a great news indeed for the fans of the Black Mamba.
Strike while the iron is hot. Truly, Shaquille O’Neal wants Kobe Bryant to live his life as an NBA player to the fullest and have no regrets in the end.
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