Thursday, December 22, 2005

Kobe Bryant Escalates Legandary Status

Since the day he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, the American world has seen the young man Kobe Bryant grow up into the star he is today. At the age of 27 years old, Mr. Bryant already has 3 World Championships. Though all has not been so heavenly for this superstar the past couple years. From the rape charges, to the dreadful ending to the Shaquille relationship, the American viewer has slowly forgotten just how dominating this individual truthfully is. That all changed on December 20, 2005. Kobe Bryant put up an unimaginable 62 points against the Dallas Mavericks. Oh..and he didn't play one second of the 4th quarter. Take a second to comprehend this historical feat. 62 points in 33 minutes. To add on to that unthinkable feat, Kobe put up 30 of those points in the 3rd quarter. I remember hearing from my father about the time Isiah Thomas dropped 25 points in the 3rd quarter of a NBA Finals game. Yes, this was a regular season game, but none the less...30 points in one quarter is pretty darn good. The thing many NBA fanatics are left in the dust wondering is how many points could Bryant have scored if he played in the 4th quarter? You can pretty much guarantee the 100 points by the Big Dipper wasn't in jeopardy, but what about Thompson. That's right...David Thompson. That's a trip down memory lane. The man who seemed to walk on air is known for scoring 75 points in a game. I think Kobe could have easily passed that record. Let's be honest, if he can put up 30 in a quarter, I think 12 would have been a cinch. Regardless of what could have happened in the 4th quarter, Kobe Bryant displayed one vital quality of a legend that he apparently still has. To be a legend you have to have the ability to take a game into your own hands and do whatever it takes to win. Absolutely, no matter what the costs, whatever it takes. Jordan had it, Bird had it, Magic had it, and Kobe had it during the Lakers' reign of 3 straight titles. To many it was a question of whether or not, #8 could still dominate the way he use to. After Tuesday night, the only thing fans should be thinking now is, "Who's going to stop him?" 'Nuff said...

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