By Stan Becton (16')
As Matt Barnes tried to inbound the ball, Kobe stood in front, guarding him. Barnes fakes a pass in Kobe’s face trying to get Kobe to jump but Kobe doesn’t move.
“No fear”, was how Robert Washington (‘16) fittingly described Kobe in this incident, as Kobe played with this mentality throughout his career.
Kobe gives DC a show
Shortly after announcing his retirement, Kobe played his final game in DC. He led the Lakers to a victory with 31 points and 12 in the fourth quarter.
Jackson Jordan, who witnessed the game first hand, said “It was his first vintage game of his last season. To be able to see it was special."
81 against the Raptors
One Game. 81 points. One of the best Kobe moments was when he dropped 81 points, shooting 60% from the field, in a Lakers win over the Raptors.
“It was insane", exclaimed Max Eichner (’16). "It’s probably the closest anyone will ever be to tying or surpassing Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100."
Dunking on Dwight Howard
Many forgot that Kobe was a Slam Dunk Contest champion as a rookie. He flashed some of his explosiveness again in the 2004-2005 season with his posterization of Dwight Howard
"It shows his greatness and that he can dunk on anyone, even a 6'11 Dwight Howard” said Ariana McKenzie (’16).