“It was like I was forced to,” Kobe says. “By the crowd and mostly by teammates.”
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What was more ridiculous? That his 60 points was twice as many as any Hall of Famer has scored in his last regular-season game. That, at age 37, he was five years older than anyone else who has scored 60 points? That no one has taken 50 shots in an NBA game in 49 years?
Or that his teammates didn’t want him to pass?
“I challenged him to score 50 points and that motherfucker got 60,” O’Neal said as he stood on the court long after Kobe had left it, trying to process his final brazen act.
“It would have taken me four months to get 50 shots on any of the teams I played for,” Horace Grant said. “And that motherfucker took 50 in one night.”
Beat the top-ranked team in the league — in the Game of the Season so far — and you quickly vault to No. 1 in ESPN.com’s weekly NBA Power Rankings.
It took your faithful Committee (of One) mere seconds to compute that the Cleveland Cavaliers would be moving back into the top spot after their memorable comeback Sunday from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to topple the mighty Golden State Warriors.
” I do think about how we could have won more championships together-all the time. I think about that one we lost to Detroit [in 2004]. That would have been awesome. ”
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“He passed Michael [Jordan], which is unbelievable in itself. He’s the highest-scoring guard that ever played the game. The greatest-scoring guard. That’s his legacy.”
“It’s just like me and him having dinner on his birthday,” Chopra said. “I’m like, ‘We didn’t have to do this on your birthday.'” Kobe shrugged and said he’s just not that into celebrating it.
They ended up talking for hours. First about Michael Jackson, one of Kobe’s closest mentors, whom Chopra’s father, Deepak, had been a spiritual adviser to. Then about Chopra’s love for the Boston Celtics. The connection was instant.