Sports Guy joins the long list of media types who insist that we were all mesmerized by Kkobe scoring 81. My comment to Derek last night was "I don't know if it is possible to describe how little I care about Kobe scoring 81." The comment of the guys on the Kansas City radio who announced it yesterday morning was, "Was his defense attorney in the crowd?" Since then, none of the local radio has even mentioned it. I just listened to two announcers talk for a half hour about the stadium initiative that may or may not be on the ballot on April 4. That's how little we care.
I know this post is ironic because I'm spending time talking about this guy, but let me make one comment about the 81 points that might shed some light on why we don't care. In 1994, the Spurs played the Clippers in the last game of the season. David Robinson was competing with Shaq for the scoring title. The game meant nothing, so the Spurs threw everything into getting Robinson that title. They fed him the ball and he put up 41 shots and 25 free throws. He scored 71 (plus 10 rebounds and 5 assists). The lesson? Any good scorer can put up huge numbers on any given night, if they are willing to take over 40 shots. Can you imagine what Jordan, Bird, Shaq, Ewing, Thomas, etc. would have done if every night they shot the ball every time it was in their hands? But they would never do that. That's the difference.
Kobe's 81 just confirmed everything we don't like about the guy.