For the first time ever, Kobe Bryant watched the game in which he scored 81 points. The Lakers were playing the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center when Kobe made history. Only one other player has done better, Wilt Chamberlin with his 100 point game. Kobe tweeted as he watched, he tweeted, it was like looking at a masterpiece.
It took him 7 years to do it, but on the anniversary of his historic 81 point game, Kobe Bryant finally watched it.
NBA TV aired the game, @NikeBasketball seemed to orchestrate the conversation and Kobe watched, tweeted and answered a few questions. Bryant is new to twitter and in a short time he already has nearly a million followers.
His first tweet while reliving the game, "I can't believe I've never watched this game till now."
It may have given him a little break from what is turning into a dismal season for the Lakers. At the halfway point this season, the Lakers have one of the worst records in the Western conference. On Monday night after after the Lakers loss in Chicago, Kobe told reporters, "this isn't working," and he tweeted out a picture of himself at a piano with this message, "Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata calms me down when I reach my breaking point".
By Tuesday afternoon he was talking about another classic master, Salvadore Dali. He tweeted that watching his 81 point game, "felt like I was looking at a Salvador Dali painting."
The game, against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center started out like many others. Kobe was asked on twitter what he ate that day before the game, his answer,
"Youthful metabolism!! I'm fresh of pepperoni pizza and grape soda!" It's a far cry from his current disciplined diet before games. He has said that if he ate pizza and soda these days, he wouldn't make it down the court.
He also shared another memory from the day, one that he hasn't mentioned publically, he tweeted,
"This game was the 1st and only game my grandma has seen me play as a pro, On my late grandfather's bday no less."
As he watched, he noticed how many balls didn't go in and he tweeted, "Watching the game now, the easy shots I missed, I could of had 100 pts!"
Wilt Chamberlain holds that record. The only player to score more points in a game than Kobe, Chamberlain put in 100 against the Philadelphia Warriors in 1962. There's no video of the game, just a famous picture of Wilt holding a sign with the number "100" written on it.
44 years later Kobe was headed into the history books. He remembers that during the game, Kobe teammate Lamar Odom egged him on, he tweeted,
"After the 3rd quarter, @RealLamarOdom tells me "you can't get 60", then half way through he said "you can't get 70."
And as Kobe kept making shots and free throws, "The last 2 mins of the game @laker fan reactions gave me goose bumps."