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Michael Jordan’s message to Kobe Bryant: “Go get Karl”

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Just a couple of weeks ago Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan to move into third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. With that came a lot of Kobe accolades and retrospectives, and even Michael Jordan himself released a public statement congratulating Kobe. One pretty clearly written by someone in the Hornets media relations department.

Kobe and Jordan had a private conversation as well, you can bet that one was more interesting. Bryant hasn’t divulged much of that talk, but did say this on Thursday (a game he missed against the Bulls), as reported by

“If you had one guess of what he said, it was, ‘Go get Karl.’ The competitor never stops.”

Karl is Karl Malone, the Utah Jazz legend who is second on the all-time list (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tops it).

Kobe has 32,365 career points to Karl Malone’s 36,928 — scoring 25 points a game it would still take more than a couple of seasons for Kobe to pass Malone (it would happen in his 183rd game, to be specific). Which is to say, it’s not likely. Never say never with Kobe, but I doubt Malone is sweating it.

Actually, I doubt Malone sweats anything anymore.