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Kobe (and others) impressed with Grinnell’s Jack Taylor’s 138-point game

Nov 21, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT


It is what the entire basketball world is buzzing about — Jack Taylor at little Grinnell University dropped 138 points in a game. He was 52-of-108 from the field and 27-of-71 from three.

And if you haven’t heard from him yet, Rob Dauster at CollegeBasketballTalk spoke with him Tuesday night.

Kobe Bryant had a good night himself — 25 points and he controlled the game down the stretch as the Lakers beat the Nets. But after the game in the press scrum (and it feels like a ruby scrum when you try to get close to Kobe and his locker) Taylor’s accomplishments came up. And Kobe might be the player walking the planet most able to relate to Taylor and what he did.

Dave McMenamin of ESPNLA transcribed the conversation.

Reporter: Kobe, a college kid scored 138 points tonight and took over 100 shots …

Bryant: “Wow … No kidding? Where?”

Reporter: Grinnell College in Iowa.

Bryant: “Really? Wow. That’s impressive. That’s crazy. I don’t care what level you’re at. Scoring 138 points is pretty insane. How many 3s did he shoot?”

Reporter: 71.

Bryant: “Holy sh–. How many points did they score as a team?”

Reporter: 179.

Bryant: “What?!”

Reporter: No other starter had double figures.

Bryant: “That’s incredible.”

Reporter: Dude on the other team scored 71 points and lost.

Bryant: “That’s amazing. He must have been wearing the Mambas, man. Only Mambas have no conscious to shoot the ball like that

Reporter: If you did that, would people be celebrating you?

Bryant: “Would people be celebrating me if I scored 138 points? You know how it is, some people would, some people wouldn’t. They can all kiss my a– as I’m sure he feels the same way. If you score 138 points, you kind of have a license to tell people to f— off.”

Kobe wasn’t the only one impressed, here’s a few NBA players on twitter.

  1. rj2323 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    This is so unreal

  2. jgray30 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Man let me shoot 71 F’N threes, and 108 shots over all. How is this good now and if he ever,(which he wont) makes it to the NBA. Ballhog right? Kobe nor Jordan got anything on this dude lol. add their shit totals together and it wont break 100. IJS.

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    He took 108 shots. People are talking like this is some type of super impressive performance. If somebody shoots 108 times, they should score that many points….probably more.

    • skids003 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      I agree doc. He shot less than 50%, damn, if he’d been hot he’d scored 200 points.

      And who cares what Kobe thinks anyway.

      • badintent - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        I saw Loyola Marymount College back in the day when Hank Gather ( bless his soul ) was scoring over 32 a game and the team was averaging 150 ! They had Paul Westhead as their coach ( Yes, the same Laker coach), and they were a blast to watch. Met GM Jerry West scouting Gathers.He talked to me for over 10 minutes about West Virgina and life in general. Classy guy. He got screw over by Buss too !

        Shaq says: “Kobe don’t mean jack . But he be jacking too much ball .Hijacker.”

  4. dls612 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Kobe would be impressed! That kid must have shot every time his hand touched the ball!

  5. blueintown - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Kobe may be a complete pud, but I love hearing his interviews. He owns it. Kudos

  6. davidly - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Adds new meaning to “jackin’ it up”.

  7. spthegr8 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I don’t care where he did it or who he did it against. IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!!!! My man has no CONSCIOUS. The way he was hittin though……… WHO CARES!!!!!!!!! Str8 getting BUCKET’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. phx1311 - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    108 shots for 138pts…… not impressed!!!

  9. paulhargis53 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Scoring points in a kids game gives you the right to tell people to f**k off?!

    Sounds like a warped view on life to me.
    Of course, what do you expect from the “Colorado Bulldog”?

    This guys mindset has been warped his whole life.
    It’s why hero worship is such a childish thing, a thing MOST of us grow out of by our late teens/early twenties.

    These guys are flawed, just like everyone else. Although certain members with multiple screen names are waaay more flawed than the rest of us…

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 21, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      how about you try scoring 138 points in a kids game sometime… otherwise f**k off.

  10. bougin89 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    This was a total setup. They were obviously gunning for the record. I just can’t believe so many blogs and websites are taking this serious. It was an exhibition game between a NCAA D3 school and a really, really bad NCCAA D2 school. I can’t think of a good comparison other than maybe a NCAA division 1 school gunning for a record against a NCAA division 3 school that can’t beat other division 3 schools.

    • crackrocksandotterpopz - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      It was a regular season game for Grinnell, however…

  11. dannymac17 - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    a couple bitter bettys on here

    you couldnt even make 20 in your rec game.

    get outta here

    • bougin89 - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Funny you mention rec league as that is all I play now and occassionally I will put up 20(and no I’m not trying to say that is impressive by any stretch) but if I had to suit up in a meaningful game even I would not allow this guy to score 138 points. The announcer said before the game started that Grinnell was going to go for the points in a game record and points in a half record. That kid averaged a field goal attempt every 22 seconds, there is nothing competitive about that.

  12. hartdaddy - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    108 touches….0 assist.

  13. sportsnut101 - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    His idols are Allen iverson Kobe. Tracy mcgrady melo Shoot till ur arms fall off lol

    The other kid that scored 70 points I think is more impressive he went 34 for 44

    And the coaches should be embarrassed U suppose to teach kids the right way to play sportsmanship

    If I was coach of losing team I would of called a timeout explained to them they are rubbing it in our face n start putting hard fouls and him or just fouled him every time till my team fouled out just to end the game

  14. stinkfingers - Nov 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    The kid also had ZERO assists…. He jacked up 80 more shots than the rest of his teammates COMBINED. Pass the damn ball.

    138 points is a big number… But as Coach Popovich stated last week.. “Hero ball is boring”

  15. jaydoubleyou22 - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    138 points, impressive. Last place trophy toting communist b*stards acting like it’s evil to score 138 points, not impressive.

    • mytthor - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:08 PM


  16. fanz928 - Nov 21, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Pretty impressive to take over 100 shots that’s work in the gym

  17. deshackle - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Basketball use to be a beautiful game to watch, but now we have the and-1 syndrome. Maybe Kobe can go for 140.

  18. jaydoubleyou22 - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:01 AM

    Yes, communist. The idea that everybody should share the shots and points should be distributed equally. Then, maybe the winning team can give its trophy to the losing team so that nobody gets the impression that there are winners and losers…

    The guy scored 138 points. That is an impressive individual achievement in a winning effort… something to be celebrated… Unless you don’t believe in individual achievement.

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