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Kobe thinks someone will score 100 points in a game again

Mar 1, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

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Friday is the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in a game. A feat that is shrouded in legend and myth, but in actuality was a bit bogus as teammates fouled the opposing team at the end of a blowout game to stop the clock, send them to the line and get the ball back so they could feed Wilt. We’ll get into that game more tomorrow.

The question for right now is, could someone do it again?

If anyone has the skill and is enough of an unrepentant gunner to pull it off, it is Kobe Bryant. He had 81 in a game (legitimately, the Lakers were behind when he started taking over that game).

So Kobe, could it happen again? (Via the amazing Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register.)

“It probably won’t happen in our generation or the next, but it will happen,” Bryant said….

“Right place, right time, right team … the right opponent,” Bryant said.

A few things have to come together for it to happen. First, a great scorer having just one of those nights where he can’t miss. The right opponent (read: bad defensive matchup for that player’s position). And the one thing that makes me think it will be a while — a very, very fast paced game. The average NBA game this season has 93.8 possessions per team, you’re going to need to get that into the 110 level to give this player a real chance.

I don’t see it. Then again, I didn’t see anyone scoring 80 ever again, so who knows.

  1. max20characters - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    No way. Seems nearly impossible these days. Maybe back when Wilt was running the point.

  2. slopmcflop - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Really curious to see your piece on the 100 point game, because it has definitely been romanticized over the years. Was almost comical how much they grinded to get Wilt his 100. The 1962 season in general is an anomaly. The pace was ridiculous, with teams averaging 100 points and something like 140 field goal attempts. Insane. There was no offensive basket interference at that point as well, and since Wilt was so much bigger than most, he would consistently just grab the ball off the rim and throw down. A good chunk of his points in that game would have been whistled illegal. Wilt’s team also began fouling with around 5 minutes left, running in the backups for the sole purpose of hacking the opposing team as soon as they got the ball. 63 attempts later, and there you have it. No other person has even attempted 50 in a game.

    • rooney24 - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Now, to be fair, I have read that the reason that Wilt’s team starting fouling was due to the fact that the other team started fouling players that were not Wilt, so that he couldn’t shoot. His teammates then countered by fouling to get the ball back. What is the reality? None of us know. But, Wilt’s game came in a season when he averaged 50 points per game for the season. If I recall what I read the other day, he was coming off a streak of 2 or 3 previous games all over 60 points. So, while scoring 100 points is crazy, it wasn’t as much of an abberation from his regular scoring that season as it would be for someone to do it today (or even for Kobe to score 81).

      Regardless of the reason his teammates started fouling, I can’t hold it against them. Wilt may be the one guy that could score 100. To take a chance to get him there, I can understand going for it. It was a once in a lifetime chance. He made 28-32 on free throws that game. That’s 87.5%, which would be good for pretty much anyone. For Wilt, that was unheard of.

    • ihavecomplaints - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Also, Wilt was being guarded by the 2nd and 3rd string centers (the starter was out).

    • borderline1988 - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      I think it has less to do with a player’s skill and more to do with the way the opposing team is guarding him (or is structured).
      I watched that Kobe 81pt game as a Raptor fan, and it was incredibly frustrating how inept the Raptors were at defending him.
      If a guy is torching you for 81 points, you freakin double team him. It’s just basic basketball common sense.
      The Raptors refused to double team Kobe all game long. Kobe just kept chucking shots (he was literally chucking shots in the last quarter, anything to make his point total increase) and the Raptors kept giving him decent looks.

      In my opinion, an equally impressive game was that Nowitzki game in the playoffs last year, where he scored 48 points on 15 shots against a very good defensive team in a Conference Finals game. I don’t think Kobe has ever done anything like that, nor any other player in NBA history.

      • ss2k8 - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        Drop 81 pts on 60% shooting in an 18 pt 3rd quarter comeback, I don’t care what kind of defense was or wasn’t being played, that is some kind of once in a generation video game god mode.

        Thank you Smush Parker, if it wasn’t for the seething hatred that Kobe had for you, he wouldn’t have ate the Raptor’s souls in front of all those poor Canadian children watching on tv. At least you can tell your grand kids you accomplished something while in the league.

  3. lakerluver - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Kobe’s 80 was more impressive. I only wish I could get it on DVD. Anyone know if it’s out there somewhere?

    • smoothaswilkes - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      wishing ain’t gonna make it happen. try google. it’s a search engine not a wishing engine.

    • smoothaswilkes - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      oh yeah, it was 81 not 80.

    • ihavecomplaints - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      lakerluver: leave your email address in a comment on my WordPress blog (click on my username to get there).

  4. zblott - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    MJ certainly could have gone triple-digits in today’s NBA. Here’s a look at what’s different and why he could have done it:

  5. sasquash20 - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Wilt could have had over 100 that game. In fact a former teammate of Wilt recently said that he stopped because the number was perfect at 100 instead of say 104. As far as putting it down because of rule changes well that could go both ways. Keep in mind most of those rule changes were made to keep Wilt from dominating so much. Guys today travel way more without a call. They can palm the ball also and not get called. Back in Wilts day they called all that. There also was no 3 point line back then. I won’t say it can’t happen today just like I won’t put Wilt down for playing in the era he came up in. Wilt would be the best center in the NBA in any era he played. The guy was the greatest athlete of his era. If Wilt had the knowledge today’s athletes have as far as training and diet he would still be the most dominating player in the league.

  6. beavertonsteve - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    The way the NBA game is now it would have to be a outside shooter firing away like Bryant did vs Toronto. That was a ridiculous game with a number of his shots being fall away spinning jumpers.

    The closest thing we may see to a 100 pt game from a big man would be David Robinson’s 71 on the last night of the season in 1994.

  7. losangelasbasketball - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Who cares, the 100 point game discussion is retarded because you have to do it against an NBA team full of players that dont belong on the court anyway…

  8. goforthanddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Kobe’s the only one I see doing it legitimately, and his window has closed. Anybody else doing it would be the result of the whole team deciding it was going to happen.

  9. aboogy123456 - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Kobe could’ve scored 90 if it wasn’t for smush parker. Even when his teammate is making history he had to “get his”

  10. irishphilly87 - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    kobe shut up.let wilt r.i.p. have his record, dont play it down and say it will happen again, its been 50 years its one of the most unbreakable records in sports. and for the record keep DREAMING that ur better or will be better than MIchael. Last time i checked MJ is the career leader in PPG, had 5 league MVP’s 9 scoring titles, 6 championships n 6 finals mvp’s (last time i checked SHAQ DOMINATED 3 OF YOUR RINGS not you, you were 2nd fiddle like scottie pippen) so people need to get off “is kobe the greatest bandwagon” and kobe needs to stop thinkin he is.

  11. scoregasmic - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    There is this kid… Scored about 6 points in an elementary school game his team won 10-4, now that’s way more impressive than wilts 100 points

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