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Kobe Bryant believes someone will score 100 points in a game again

Kobe Bryant is second in NBA history for most points scored in a single game. Wilt Chamberlain, of course, is the record holder with his astonishing 100-point game back in 1962. Kobe’s 81-point performance happened in 2006, so obviously it is still possible to come close to Wilt in today’s game. That being said, Kobe completely took that game over against the Raptors and still fell 19 points short of the record. For most teams, that’s an entire game’s worth of points.

Kobe still insists it will happen.

“It probably won’t happen in our generation or the next, but it will happen,” Bryant said according to the Orange County Register. “Right place, right time, right team … the right opponent.”

I wouldn’t be so sure. We all know Michael Jordan thinks he could do it if he played in today’s game, but scoring 100 points in a game is among the list of sports’ untouchable records in my opinion. Think about how unbelievable it is when a player scores 50 — and that’s only halfway there. Kobe has had some tremendous games, but if he couldn’t do it in his prime and Jordan couldn’t come close, it’s tough to envision anyone touching that record.

Humans have gotten bigger in general. The thing about Wilt is he was 7 feet tall in an era where people just weren’t that big. The reason he scored 100 points is because his teammates kept dumping it down into the post, where nobody could cover Chamberlain. Kobe scored 81 by catching fire from the floor. Scoring 100 like that would be nearly impossible. Then again, I’ve been wrong before.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk



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  • Gene

    There were quite a few 7 footers in Wilt’s day, but  Wilt was much more athletic than the average big man, and his strength was legendary.   Thatg combination enabled him to set a myriad of astonishing records.  For instance, along with the 100 point game, he averaged 50.4 points in a season and he averaged more than 48 minutes per game for a season.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EATGIEGDUMYFUMKJ6Q6Q4CV6AI David S

    Wilt was the best at his position ever. No one could score or rebound with him and todays players may think they are better ,but none could beat Wilt if they played against him back then or even now. No one will beat his scoring record for 13 years in the NBA sure Jabbar did and so did Malone but it took them many more years and games.

  • Anonymous

    One thing nobody mentions is back then there were No 3 pointers. Kobe had a bunch when he hit 81. There would definetly be nobody close without the 3 pt line

  • Anonymous

    I’m more impressed with Kobes 81 pts then Wilts 100. Only because in my opinion it’s more difficult for a point guard to make his outside shot and get on a hot streak than for a center to dunk over opponents or post them up (especially with Wilt being a beast). Either way both games were epic and will go down in Lakers history : )

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4HBRWWHFENGXDACIX5TY7M4E4 Bsn

    “The right opponent” LMAO. You mean, like the Clippers 2 years from now?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B33AQIUTW5QUSQ264MTORFNCFE Francis Ferrell

    Kobe was pulled from that 81 point game too early.
    He would’ve definitely got into the 90’s had he continued to play.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I always say too

  • Anonymous

    Lakers history????  no further comment!!!

  • Anonymous

    Kobe’s 81 was against Toronto and they had the second worse defense in the league that year.

  • Anonymous

    doesnt matter they are an NBA team which also means you need talent to make it there kobe just had a good game

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JPCYJ5ZBA2ZT7DBEUTYESWQQKY Jack

    Wilt wasn’t a laker when he scored 100….so that game wont go down in Laker’s history

  • http://joshdhani.com Josh Dhani

     Plus, Kobe had the benefit all those three-pointers. Wilt did it off 50 two-pointers. Imagine anyone doing that? And plus, people are saying that Wilt scored 100 because he was taller than everyone. There were other 7-footers. What made him so unstoppable was because he was so athletic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000282458142 Roberto Raider Ortiz

    What other 7 footers played against Wilt that game?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000282458142 Roberto Raider Ortiz

    Who did Wil get 100 against?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000282458142 Roberto Raider Ortiz

    No one was playing defense that game look at the over all score, where was the D at? Kobe is more impressive ……Wilt shot the ball 63 times, Kobe shot 43 times, give Kobe 20 more shots he would have broken 100 easily , Kobe had 18 free throws Wilt had 28, and WIlt played the whole game Kobe didnt, any one that thinks the 100 is more impressive is probably a Kobe Hater 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Maldonado/1298331164 Peter Maldonado

    100 points is an amazing accomplishment. No 3 point shots and 28 free throws. Amazing. Kobe’s feat was equally amazing, as he was just on fire! 
     Jordan?? LOL!! He Thinks he could have, but he never did, did he? 
    Jordan benefited from ESPN, and a TOTAL lack of competition! In his prime, Magic and Bird were gone. Sorry, Jordan. You were OVERRATED!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QSODNRYPVYEKZRJGZJD72UJBZE Terry Scott

    Overrated? What are you smoking, I want some of it.

  • Anonymous

    Wilt got them against the New York Knicks

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RZSQCZMWITZ7MCZPBKSUP5GXD4 Tom_Effing_Humbug

    Dude, he left with 4.2 seconds to go. What was he going to do , steal the ball and have a 9 point play?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RZSQCZMWITZ7MCZPBKSUP5GXD4 Tom_Effing_Humbug

    How many 7 footers were in the leagure when he averaged 50 points?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_55G2Q2225BWTRUGBHZUIBXKKVY AJ / J

    There were quite a few. There were 2 on Wilt’s team alone.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_55G2Q2225BWTRUGBHZUIBXKKVY AJ / J

    The opposing center, Darrel Imhoff was 6’10

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_55G2Q2225BWTRUGBHZUIBXKKVY AJ / J

    There were NO 3 pointers in Wilt’s era. Kobe had at least 30 points off 3’s. Huge difference.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_55G2Q2225BWTRUGBHZUIBXKKVY AJ / J

    Sorry Kobe, it will never happen. First of all, players, like yourself included are too selfish to allow a teammate to do that in this era. Secondly people forget that Wilt wasn’t like the lumbering 7 footers of this era who took forever to get down court. Wilt was a track star who played pro volleyball into his 50’s, he was a rare athlete. He was usually first, not last down court unlike Shaq and other dinosaurs. When that rare athlete comes along, individual selfishness will be the key factor.

  • Danan Slive

    I think someone will get 100 points score in the feature. The recent new star ShuHao Lin is a good example! Doesn’t? http://www.beatsbydreheadphones.net/

  • b g

     That isn’t 7 feet, so the correct answer isn’t what you said, but rather, 0 players on the opposing side were 7ft tall.

  • ambone44

    If there were three pionters Wilt would not have made any and if Kobe played when Wilt played he would have scored over 100

  • Anonymous

    Kobe left that game in the 3rd quater, and sat out the entire 4th quarter.  He said he didn’t want the record at the time.

  • kenny

    Kevin Durant scored 52 and he’s 24 weight until he hits his late 20s and early 30s