Former Miami Heat legend Chris Bosh speaks about Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s surreal 81-point performance.
Kobe Bryant is easily one of the best basketball players to ever grace the NBA. The Black Mamba will always be known as one of the most impactful players to step on the hardwood.
Bean not only inspired an entire generation of athletes but also managed to implant his famous “Mamba Mentality” way of life, in the minds of his millions of fans.
Kobe surely had one of the best careers during his era, with one overly-stacked resume after the conclusion of his 20-year-long career. His unparalleled work ethic and strive to be the best at any moment is what set him apart from the rest.
The Hall-Of-Famer retired the league as an 18-time All-Star, 5-time champ, 2-time Finals MVP and a league MVP. In his accomplished career, Mamba had many impressive moments – clinching his first three-peat, winning the MVP, winning the remaining championships. However, no feat can be as incredible as his iconic 81-point game against Toronto Raptors.
“Kobe Bryant had the eye of a tiger that game”: Chris Bosh speaks about the Mamba’s 81-point game
The 2005-2006 season was Kobe’s best season in terms of scoring. He led the league in scoring while averaging a whopping 35.4 points per game. However, Bean’s best performance during that season came on January 22, 2006, when he decided to torch the Toronto Raptors team.
Newly announced Hall-Of-Famer and then-Raptors player Chris Bosh reflected Kobe’s majestic 81-point match. In an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show”, Bosh said:
“I remember just kind of running down the court and I kept looking up at the screen, and it’s like, his score was multiplying. I was like, ‘How is he scoring five points at a time? This is crazy.’ We were a bad defensive team that year; we were trying to figure things out.”
“‘Everybody’s laughing, everybody except Kobe. He’s just got the eye of the tiger right now,’ and he was unstoppable. It was just an incredible performance. It’s one of those things to where you find yourself watching, even though you’re in the game.”
The irony, just a few weeks back, Kobe had his famous 61-point performance against Dallas and Bosh was one of the many to criticise the Mavericks. Little did Chris know that Kobe had something more deadly in his arsenal.
“He had 61 in three quarters on the Mavericks,” Bosh said. “I was looking at that game, I said, ‘What in the world are they doing? How do you let this guy score 60 points in three quarters? That’s atrocious.’ Got smashed the next month. It was crazy, man.”