In the midst of recent speculation, including that of Coach Jackson, that he would finish his NBA career elsewhere, Bryant states that he doesn’t plan to play for anyone but the Lakers.
A lot of players want to go to different teams or contend to win championships. I’m a Laker, man. I’m a Laker for better or worse…How many times do I have to say that? Dude, I bleed purple and gold.
Bryant scores 81 points in a victory against the Toronto Raptors. Bryant shoots 28-46 from the floor, 7-13 from 3-point range, and 18-20 from the foul line. The performance is the second highest scoring display in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. Bryant:
Not even in my dreams. That was something that just happened. It’s tough to explain. It’s just one of those things. It really hasn’t, like, set in for me. It’s about the `W,’ that’s why I turned it on. It turned into something special. To sit here and say I grasp what happened, that would be lying.
That was something to behold. It was another level. I’ve seen some remarkable games, but I’ve never seen one like that before.