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Kobe Bryant surpasses Jerry West on Lakers' all-time assist list - now second

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When Kobe Bryant leaves the court after his final NBA game against the Utah Jazz in April, there won't be much the future Hall of Famer hasn't accomplished.

From five NBA championships and a regular-season MVP award, to 17 All-Star games and ranking third in the all-time scoring chart the Black Mamba will retire as one of the league's most successful ever players.

Passing a legend

And Kobe added to his impressive resume on Sunday by by-passing a fellow Lakers legend to move into second place on one of the franchise's coveted all-time lists.

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As reported by ESPN, with a pass to Lou Williams mid-way through the first quarter Bryant moved past Jerry 'The Logo' West and now ranks second amongst all Lakers for assists.

Bryant now has 6,244 assists compared to West's 6,238. The 37-year-old does, however, still sit someway short of the franchise's leader in assists, Magic Johnson, who had 10,141 in his career.

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Unheralded 

Granted, Bryant needed almost 400 more games than West to pass him in the rankings but, for a man often criticized for his selfish play and shoot-first mentality, it is still an impressive accomplishment.

Lakers head coach Byron Scott agreed:

“He’s not only a scorer...He can do other things, as he’s shown for 20 years.”

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And Bryant himself, after admitting he was "really proud" of the milestone, offered his own critique:

“I dish. It’s on them whether they (my teammates) make it or not,” he said. “It’s not rocket science to me.

"If I handle the ball and I penetrate, I can find guys pretty easily and pass the ball pretty well. It’s nothing new.”

Take a quick glance over the Lakers' record books and you'll see Kobe's name at, or near, the top in virtually every category. This latest achievement is yet more evidence of his priceless role at the franchise.

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