After leading the league in scoring throughout the majority of the NBA season this year, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has decided to sit out the final game of the regular season and concede the NBA scoring title to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant. With Durant creeping up on Kobe while he was out with an injured shin, the Black Mamba hasn’t had the opportunity to keep in front.
Coming into tonight’s game against the rival Sacramento Kings, Kobe had a chance to pass Durant in the scoring column with a 38-point performance. If Kobe had managed to light up the scoreboard in Sacramento, the 16-year veteran would’ve been crowned scoring champion for the sixth time in his career.
Apparently, Kobe and the Lakers’ coaching staff thought it would be wise to sit this one out. As a result, Durant will win his 3rd straight scoring title and will continue to make strides as one of the most dominant scorers in NBA history. Whether or not Durant can keep up this pace remains to be seen, but at 23-years-old, the Thunder superstar has a lot left to offer.
With Michael Jordan having 10 NBA scoring titles in the bag, there is a good chance that Durant can surpass Kobe’s six titles and MJ’s 10 by the time he is 30. There’s no telling whether or not that small and skinny frame can hold up over time, but there seems to be no slowing this scoring machine as he continues to driving opposing defenses crazy with his range, shooting ability and knack for scoring in every way possible.
As for Kobe Bryant, this will most likely mark the end of his high-scoring ways or ability to top the charts in the NBA as one of the league’s most dominant scorers in league history. Even though it appears Kobe is done, there is still chance he might be able to have a repeat performance next season.
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