Bryant has been complimentary of each player he has passed on the list this season while also admitting his focus isn't on total points but championships.
"I don't know, we'll see what happens," Bryant said earlier this year when asked how high he will go on the all-time scoring list. "The ladder I'm more focused on climbing is Bill Russell's ladder, so we'll see."
Russell, the Boston Celtics' Hall of Fame center, won 11 NBA championships during his career. Bryant currently has won five titles.
Arash Markazi is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.