Kobe Bryant could make NBA history in 2006, 44 years after Wilt Chamberlain did so before him.
Bryant’s performance was one of the greatest in basketball history as he dominated the Toronto Raptors with 81 points, the second highest scoring game we have ever seen.
Notably, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson inexplicably pulled Kobe out of the game, as most were convinced he could break Wilt’s record.
Most recently, NBA champion John Salley told Kevin Garnett on Showtime’s KG Certified that he reached out to Phil to ask why he took Kobe out of the game, to which Jackson replied that there were some records to break. were not made
‘Why didn’t you (Phil Jackson) let Kobe score 104?’ He said, “Some records shouldn’t be broken.” – John Salley@thejohnsalley Reveals what Phil Jackson told Kobe after he scored 81 and why he didn’t break Wilt’s record in that game. 👀Y’all think Bean might have broken the record?… pic.twitter.com/L585PKKQHC
– Kevin Garnett (@KevinGarnett5KG) 14 July 2023
That’s classic Phil Jackson right there.
He often thinks out of the box, and he generally favors keeping his players healthy over personal glory.
Then again, one has to wonder if this is really what Kobe wanted, and it was a small thing to stop him from doing anything that no one even came close to doing, even the likes of Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant Not even the greatest scorer. , Stephen Curry, or LeBron James.
Kobe had one of the greatest scoring explosions in the history of the game and went down as one of the most dominant offensive forces of all time.
Some think Wilt’s record will never be broken, while others believe it is just a matter of time in today’s offensive minded league.
Whatever the case, Kobe fans will definitely love Jackson a little less once they find out about this.
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