Kobe Bryant has made it.
After 16-plus prolific seasons, the Black Mamba has officially joined the 30,000-point club, an exclusive group that only includes the likes if four other players. And he's done it at the budding age of 34, making him the youngest to reach such a plateau.
Sure enough, Bryant's latest feat only serves as further proof that he will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game. His offensive prowess can be matched by few, a notion that can now be held true historically.
But where does he currently stand among the best scorers to ever grace the hardwood?
Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone have all laid claim to this milestone before him, yet does that take away from the offensive innovation that is Kobe?
Regardless of how Bryant measures up to what is now a grouping of the Fantastic Five, nothing should be taken away from what he has accomplished. Nor should it downplay all that he is capable of still achieving.