Bryant finished with 25 points in the Lakers' 101-97 win over the Hornets on Friday and now has 26,720 points. Next on the list is Hakeem Olajuwon with 26,946 points.
"It's a huge honor," Bryant said after the game. "So much of my game is built on those that came before me, Oscar in particular. It's a huge honor to be moving up that ladder."
When Lakers coach Phil Jackson was asked before the game whom he thought Bryant was targeting in front of him on the all-time scoring list he didn't waste any time in saying, "Michael Jordan. I would imagine that would be the one."
"I don't know, we'll see what happens," Bryant said 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 columnist and writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.