In Memory of Kobe's 5 year Anniversary of the legendary 81 point game
Someone please post this. I honestly think his performance doesn't get enough recognition. Scoring 100 as a post player is one thing but scoring 81 as a guard is another.
I know Kobe 81 ima let u finish but am I the only one who didn't know David Thompson dropped 70 something one game o_O
Seriously I never knew David Robinson scored 71. But I think its the same for Kobe if someone just recently became a fan of the NBA, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't know that Kobe scored 81. Heck its rare if someone scored 40+ but Robinson and Kobe scored 71 and 82 respectively. I don't think these kind of performances should just be forgotten
i remember robinsons 71 point game. It was the last game of the season and he and shaq were neck and neck for the scoring title, basically who ever scored more the last game of the season won the scoring title that season. Robinson put 71 on the clippers and shaq said the clippers would forever pay the price for costing him his scoring title.
As for kobe, amazing game. That was the year he went nuts and was scoring 40+ almost nightly. I actually missed the 81 point game and didnt know about it until a friend texted me and i was like no way. But he had an even more impressive game about 2 weeks prior when he single handidly outscored the mavericks through 3 quarters. It was Kobe bryant 62 dallas mavericks 61 after 3 quarters and kobe didnt play in the 4th.
It's not even a record. It's an unbelievable feat, but it's not a record. Infact Wilt's record is the one that's often forgotten, I bet no one remembers the date of his 100pts.
o wow that as srsly retarded of me... I asked you guys to post this and i didn't post the link lol
What!! I'm sure that 90% of NBA fans know that Wilt scored 100 points. I mean heck i don't even remember exactly what date Kobe had his 81 but its the feat that counts no? and considering 100 is such an easy number to remember along with the iconic picture of Wilt holding up a 100 sign, I'm pretty sure lots of ppl remember Wilt's game
Wilt scored 100 in a shot-clockless era against a bunch of small white stiffs. Forget where I read it, but I believe Hollinger came up with a pace adjusted stat between the two games, and had they been playing at each others pace and shot clock rules for Wilt. Wilt's game in modern era came out like 61 or something, and Kobe came out like a ridiculous 136 or something in Wilt's era. Craziness. Would really love to have a time machine.
^^^ Shot clock came in 1954 dude, so Wilt's game in 2 march 1962 would have had the shot clock.
Wilt played 48 minutes and took 63 shots from the field and 32 shots from the free throw line. Kobe took 46 shots and 20 from the fee throw line in 42 minutes.
Also according to basketball lore (and via wikipedia):
"According to all eyewitnesses, the game became a farce. Fearing the humiliation of allowing Chamberlain to score 100 points against them, the Knicks blindly fouled any Warrior except Chamberlain, to force them to hit free throws and keep the ball out of the center's hands. Effectively, they played the opposite of what a normal club would do if they faced a deficit, willingly giving up many easy points instead of making attempts to rally back. Warriors coach Frank McGuire reacted by pulling out his entire starting five, save Chamberlain, (i.e. forwards Tom Meschery, Al Attles and guards Guy Rodgers and Paul Arizin) and sent in bench players Joe Ruklick, York Larese, Ed Conlin and Ted Luckenbill. The intention was to foul the Knicks, in order to get the ball back after free throws and give Chamberlain the ball. Thus each team spent the last minutes fouling each other.
Opinions were split on this matter. Warriors forward Tom Meschery said: "The rival [New York] was not going to become a part of the history. During last minutes the coach told them to foul anyone with the ball – anyone but Chamberlain. So we had to throw-in from the side line across the floor just to pass the ball to him." However, Knicks player Richie Guerin, who scored 39 points, put the blame on the Warriors and complained: "The Warriors used any means [i.e., fouling tactics] to get the ball to Chamberlain. This had nothing to do with basketball anymore." In any case, the Warriors ended with 25 personal fouls, and the Knicks with 32, and lost Imhoff and Willie Naulls with six fouls.
Chamberlain later admitted feeling embarrassment about the manner in which the game's final minutes were played. He did not address the question of the two teams' fouling tactics, but he acknowledged that he shot the ball excessively in his attempt to reach 100 points, putting up many shots that he otherwise would not have taken. He noted that in contests which he considered to be his best games, his statistics would typically reflect 50 to 60 points scored on perhaps 75 percent shooting, as opposed to his 57 percent shooting in the 100-point game. Although effusive in his praise of Chamberlain, Guerin nonetheless estimated that if the game had played out normally, Chamberlain would have finished 15 to 20 points shy of 100."
Frankley Kobe's number is more impressive.
I will commemorate it by making 2 assists today.
Kobe's 81 > Chamberlains 100 any day. No disrespect, but Wilt would never ever ever drop 100, probably not even 50 in todays game, just as Oscar Robertson would never average a triple double in todays game.
its not fair to compare different generations
athletes have evolved to be bigger, faster, more explosive, more athletic, more aware, etc. ...
you take any backup NFL running back and stick him into the 1930's and he instantly becomes the best RB in the league...
I can remember looking at the box score the morning after the game from the bottom upwards and coming across Kobe on 81 points. 55 points came in the 2nd half, the Lakers were down by 14 at halftime but outscored Toronto 73-41 in the 2nd half. Kobe scored 28 out of the Lakers' 31 points in the last quarter.
I can rememeber back in 06 when I was 10-years-old, and my brother is a big Lakers fan, and I was on my way to bed, when my brother told me how many points he scored in the 1st quater. I forgot the exact total, but it was a lot of points. I didn't know he would end up scoring 81 though. And it's even more impressive that his team was getting blown out at the beginning of the game but Kobe led them and they ended up blowing the other team out. What a great feet.
I do think that Kobe's 81 points is more impressive then Wilt's 100. Maybe it's apart of my "new school" bias, but I think it is much harder to score now then it was back in Wilt's time. I do think that it is unfair t compare different genarations though. What Wilt did was still AMAZING.
Much credit to both Wilt and Kobe for their accomplishments but Kobe's was far more impressive, as a guard to put up 81 is truly more then impressive, phenomenal. 100 is still up there as one of the best accomplishment in sports history in my mind, nobody really dominated the game like Wilt did, his stats were ridiculous, he averaged 50ppg I believe, he truly was ahead of his time as a player.