Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant had some crazy career numbers heading into Friday night's contest against the Thunder with 30,016 points, 1,180 games, 43,077 minutes, 10,465 field goals, 7,546 free throws, 6,243 rebounds, 5,511 assists and 1,753 steals.
Bryant added 35 points, one game, 43½ minutes, 11 field goals, nine free throws, three rebounds, seven assists and three steals to those totals in the Lakers' 114-108 loss to OKC at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Which career number does Bryant consider to be the craziest?
“This being 17 years for me (in the NBA),” Bryant said. “This is pretty crazy to me. Sometimes I just don't know what the hell I'm doing here. And to still be competing at a high level, that's funny.”
Actually, perhaps Bryant's most impressive career total is his salary to date: $221,435,108.
Selected 13th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft at the age of 17, the 34-year-old Bryant has spent half his life in the NBA.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant had 36 points Friday and now trails Bryant by 19,534 career points.
Friday was Durant's 400th NBA game and he is off to a much faster start to his career than Bryant.
In his first five seasons, Durant averaged 26.3 points per game compared to 18.5 points for Bryant in the same span.
In addition, Durant had 129 games of 30-plus points in his first five seasons compared to 42 for Bryant.
Durant now has 10,517 career points. Could he someday join Bryant at the 30,000-point plateau?
“Yeah, just continue to fill 'em up the way he has been, I think he can,” Bryant said. “I'm not a mathematical person by any stretch of the imagination so I can't calculate how many years it would take or what he'd need to average, but it seems possible.”
At his current career average of 26.3 points per game, it would take Durant roughly 14 seasons to reach the 30,000-point club, which would be more than two years quicker than Bryant reached the mark.
Bryant and Durant were teammates last summer for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in London and both players repeatedly have shown mutual respect toward each other.
But on Thursday, the 24-year-old Durant playfully referred to Bryant as an “old fart.”
Was that OK with Bryant?
“That's about accurate,” Bryant said with a smile. “And I call him Similac (baby formula).”