“Michael Jordan, 55, Your Fault! 61, Your Fault!”: When Kobe Bryant Trash Talked Spike Lee After Record Breaking Night at MSG

Raahib Singh
|Published February 02, 2023

In the game of basketball, we have seen a lot of good players over the ages. However, there are only a few players that transcend the boundary of good and are considered great. Kobe Bryant was one of them.

The Black Mamba was drafted in 1996 and played for 20 seasons in the NBA. Throughout his entire professional career, Kobe played for just one franchise: The Los Angeles Lakers. Over the years, Kobe continued to put in the work and kept improving. It is because of his insane work ethic that he became one of the greatest ever to play the sport.

On this day in 2009, Kobe put up one of the greatest performances ever in the Mecca of Basketball. After doing so, Kobe did nothing but find actor Spike Lee, and pin the Knicks’ loss on him.

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Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan with historic night

Madison Square Garden is one of the greatest arenas in the world. Often known as the Mecca of Basketball, MSG is known as THE Place for stars to come and shine their brightest. The case was no different for Kobe.

In 2009, when the Lakers made their way to MSG, Kobe went off for 61 points.

With his 61 points that night, Kobe surpassed Michael Jordan for the most record in the Garden by a visitor. In fact, at that time, Kobe held the record for the most points scored in the Garden by any player. It wasn’t until 2014 that Carmelo Anthony Dropped 62 points and took the record from Kobe.

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Bryant blamed Spike Lee for the performance

Reggie Miller’s explosion in the Garden. Jordan’s double-nickel game. Kobe’s 61. All three games have two things in common. First, they’re at Madison Square Garden. Second, Spike Lee was in attendance.

After dropping 61, Kobe let Spike Lee know that he’s the reason the Knicks have such performances dropped on them.

Bryant didn’t hold back on the trash talk, and it didn’t matter who you were.

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Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A Computer Science Engineer by qualification, Raahib's passion for sports drew him toward TSR. He started playing basketball when he was 14, and fell in love with the sport ever since. His interest in the NBA developed at the same time as when Stephen Curry put the entire league on notice. Raahib was spellbound by Steph and the Warriors and has been a fan since. From starting off as a Warriors fan, Raahib has evolved into someone who can never miss a good game of basketball. He converts his love for the game and the knowledge he has gained into the articles he writes. In his spare time, he enjoys cricket, going for walks, and murder mysteries.

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