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Bryant's 30,000 Indicate Mixed Bag

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If you read the headlines, you know that Kobe Bryant became the youngest N.B.A. player to score 30,000 points after dropping 29 Wednesday night in a victory over the New Orleans Hornets. Only four other players — Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain — hit that mark, so it is a meaningful accomplishment.

The funny thing is, while Bryant was the youngest to do it, aided by going to the N.B.A. directly out of high school, he needed more games to reach that mark than any of the others, who are all Hall of Famers.

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