Dirk Nowitzki recorded point No. 30,000 in similar fashion to the way he scored No. 20,000: With a fadeaway jump shot over a Lakers No. 7.
Little did he know his prediction wasn’t lofty enough.
Nowitzki became just one of six players in NBA history to score 30,000 regular-season points, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. It’s a feat so impressive, even LeBron James stopped what he was doing to congratulate him.
And if he keeps on chugging along, Nowitzki can pass Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list next season. Talk about a career.
The Buffalo Bills have to decide whether they’ll pick up the option on Tyrod Taylor’s contract. If they do, Taylor will be owed a guaranteed $30.75 million, or they could let him hit the market as an unrestricted free agent.
Taylor provided stability at the position over the past few seasons, and the dual-threat QB is one of the team’s most versatile weapons. But he has been criticized for not adding enough in the passing game to justify such a large contract. He has barely surpassed 3,000 yards in both of his seasons, and many believe that the Bills need a better pocket passing QB to complement LeSean McCoy in the run game.
Losing Taylor, though, means that Cardale Jones will most likely take over as starter, and there are many doubts to his NFL readiness. Although Taylor’s play may not justify a payout of that size, the Bills letting him walk would mean more question marks at the position for a team that is trying to take the next step in 2017.