So what did Michael Jordan have to say to Kobe Bryant after he passed him on the NBA's all-time scoring list?
Bryant told the Chicago Sun-Times that Jordan's message to him was simple: "Go get Karl."
Jordan was referring to Karl Malone, the NBA's second-leading all-time scorer.
Bryant passed Jordan's 32,292 point total on December 15, putting him behind Malone with 36,928 points.
The Los Angeles Lakers guard said he feels thankful for players like Jordan who influenced his game.
"And I don't say that lightly," he added. "I've literally just stole [expletive] from them, like spin moves and pull-ups. It's not me passing these players. It's us," Bryant said.
"I've literally taken things from their games and made them my own."
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leading NBA scorer with 38,387 points.