If you’re wondering just how incredible Kobe Bryant’s performance was last night, consider this:

Bryant scored 81 points. In contrast, Kwame Brown’s third and final point of the night gave him 82 for the entire month! In 42 minutes, Bryant basically equaled Brown’s output over the course of 332 minutes.

Like him or not and I know most don’t, Kobe is amazing. I’ve never seen anything like the game he had last night. And I saw Allen Iverson single-handedly lead his team to the finals. And I’ve seen Lebron. And I remember David Robinson scoring 71 on the final day of the 1994 regular season.

And I watched Michael.

But the game, and really the season that Bryant is having defies reality. In the month of January, he has scored fewer than 37 points in a game just once.

The NBA isn’t exactly a must-watch anymore. The fundamentals stink. There’s no sense of rivalry. The players hang out in the crowd.

But Kobe’s different. Kobe has what all the great ones before him possessed. Kobe is a must-watch.

In Kobe, we’re watching a legend.


John Teter 2:25 PM, January 23, 2006  

Dan, well put about watching history. Kobe is awesome and with his work ethic he will only get better!

Anonymous 6:20 PM, January 23, 2006  

jordan was a legend...kobe is a superstar with the talent to score 100 in a game...but i still do not see him making anyone around him better...i know that is a common knock on most high scoring stars but somebody show me something that proves it wrong...kobe accomplished an amazing individual feat last night, but that makes a memory, not a legend

Dan McGowan 6:47 PM, January 23, 2006  

Thats fair.

Although Jordan had more around him than Kobe did. Kobe doesn't have anyone. I'm pretty sure that no one on his team has ever been an all star.

Anonymous 12:13 AM, January 24, 2006  

got him

Anonymous 9:36 AM, January 24, 2006  

"If the Sixers are going to have A.I. continue to play as he does, they will have to go back to the Larry Brown concept to regain contender status. The one year the Sixers were legit was when Brown put a bunch of gritty, hard-nosed defenders, rebounders and spot-up shooters around A.I.

These are the best types of teammates for Iverson. Any player who can really do things on his own offensively will get frustrated next to A.I. because he always has the rock. If you can take it to the rack and create on your own, you won't mesh well with A.I. -- not because of his personality, but because of his game."
That's an article on the trouble betweeen Iverson and Webber. I think the same concept applies to Kobe. If he had his Pippen, would he even pass it to him? Yes, Pippen was good but how mch better did Jordan's game make him? I don't think Kobe could do the same.

Anonymous 3:23 PM, January 24, 2006  

dan i dont think you know what your talkin about

Anonymous 5:47 PM, January 24, 2006  


Anonymous 7:29 PM, January 24, 2006  

"BRYANT: 81 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists."
Lamar Odom, the 2nd best player on the team was 1 of 7 shooting for the entire game

sure the NBA can sell commemorative basketballs and jerseys but I dont think any of Kobe's "teammates" will be caught sporting those

Anonymous 9:42 PM, January 24, 2006  

Kobe was straight going ridiculously bonkers on cats..

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