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Kobe Next To Chamberlain
NEXT TO CHAMBERLAIN
Greatness comes in many forms
choose your own Definition
but when it comes to Sports
and Basketball in particular
it will be difficult to deny
Kobe Bryant’s Greatness
Increasingly the only name that some believe merits comparison is The Great Late Wilt Chamberlain Himself. Commonly heralded as the Greatest of them All. Yes Kobe better than Michael Jordan. Quite possibly.
By the end of Kobe’s still young career. Lest we forget Bryant in “only” in his 11th NBA season at the age of 28. As you know Michael Jordan played into his early 40s. What brings Kobe Bryant ever closer to Chamberlain’s rarefied atmosphere and within sight of that Plateau is Kobe’s latest Spectacular.
Friday night against the New Orleans Hornets Kobe Bryant played his 4th consecutive 50 point game. Leaving behind the two Heavies who had 3 consecutive 50 point games during their careers. Elgin Baylor and Jordan. The only thing standing between Bryant now and this “ultimate” record is the Mountain. A Mountain Kobe will not likely conquer.
Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for the most 50 point NBA games in a row 7 in a row. The odds against Bryant having 50 or more points in his next 3 games and tying Chamberlain let alone 4 more and standing alone are in the vicinity of 1,000,000 to 1. But not Impossible. But maybe the far more significant point is that ONLY Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe have reached 50 points or more in 4 consecutive NBA games. They stand Alone.
Here is how Wilt Chamberlain did it
In fairness to Wilt Chamberlain’s true achievements we should be more precise. His 1961-1962 season playing for Philadelphia only his second as a pro is the greatest season ever recorded by any professional basketball player. Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50 points a game during the 1961-1962 season.
During the course of that Historic Season. Twice he had steaks of 5 consecutive 50 point games. Chamberlain had another streak of 6 consecutive 50 point games and topping off his Heroics Chamberlain claims the longest 50 point a game record of 7 consecutive games in a row during that 1961-1962season.
That season he scored an unbelievable 4000 points, and the most points ever scored by a player in 1 game 100 points, against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962. Who is the only player who has come “close” to that record. That’s right Kobe Bryant last season 81 points against Toronto January 22, 2006.
Now far far more modestly but still
better than anyone but Chamberlain
here is how Kobe became # 2
in this consecutive game
50 point NBA Record
Friday March 16th
LA Lakers 116 – Portland Trail Blazers 111
Kobe Bryant 65 points
Sunday March 18th
LA Lakers 109 – Minnesota Timberwolves 102
Kobe Bryant 50 points
Thursday March 22nd
LA Lakers 121 – Memphis Grizzlies 119
Kobe Bryant 60 points
Friday March 23rd
LA Lakers 111 – New Orleans Hornets 105
Kobe Bryant 50 points
next up Sunday evening
Golden State Warriors
can Kobe Bryant keep
this Streak alive ??
if so next up comes
Memphis again Tuesday
then Thursday Houston
Sunday April 1st
that would make 7
and then Denver
Tuesday April 3rd
no way Wilt nothing
to Worry about ?
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” CATCH ME IF YOU CAN KOBE “
BASN CORRECTION: In the above Black Box, it was erroneously reported that the 1961-62 NBA campaign was Wilt Chamberlain’s second season in the league. In fact, the 1961-62 season was Chamberlain’s third year in the league. The staff of BASN regrets the error.