Today marks the anniversary of the day Kobe decided to show the world a magic trick.
On January 22, 2006 the Lakers beat the Raptors 122-104.
Oh yea…Kobe dropped 81, which makes him second to only Wilt Chamberlain in highest number of points scored in a game.
Everyone knows Kobe is a legend…Hall of Famer…Olympian…World Champion- all of that. This kind of performance is expected from a player of Kobe’s caliber and since that day, he’s won championships and MVPs. This isn’t new for him.
What I want to know is, how are those players that he made history on feeling?
I mean, how did that conversation even go with their families when they got home?
Player: Hey honey
Player: I love you. Did you catch the game tonight?
Wife: This isn’t working. I want a divorce.
Seriously though, what does getting 81 scored on you feel like the next day? Do you wake up and go straight to the gym for three days straight? Do you stay out of the gym for three day straight? Do you even sleep? Retire?
As a competitor, they can’t really be ok with this. Isn’t this something that you can never get over? Is this the story you tell when you talk about the worst day of your life? Every time people talk about it, do you try to muffle your tears with laughter?
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It just CAN’T be ok. Like, as a competitor, they can’t be cool with it. Kobe was just blatantly disrespectful.
If you’re like me, you couldn’t watch that whole thing sitting down. I would have paid with my left hand to sit court side at the Staples Center that day.
This is obviously a day that we appreciate Kobe and his tremendous talent because not many people can do that- literally only two have scored 81 and above in a game.
However, it’s also a day to mourn the self-esteem of those who guarded him during this historic time. To those guys, I say…at least you made history too!
(To spare the 06 Raptors and their families any further embarrassment, I opted to not include any names. They know who they are…)