Every time he has the ball in his hands, Kobe Bryant seeks to accomplish a few things. He looks to score. He looks to dominate. He looks to carve up a defense no matter how many schemes or people are thrown at him. He looks to add another moment to his legend.
Bryant sure has plenty of those. His 81-point game seven years ago against the Toronto Raptors. His 61-point game four years ago against the New York Knicks that set a Madison Square Garden record. His four consecutive games six years ago when he scored at least 50 points. His various game winners. All done with a jaw strut and a glare that’s become as customary to Lakers fans as it is for Jack Nicholson to sit courtside for nearly every game. Add it all up and you have Bryant with five NBA championships and a fourth-place ranking on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
As the “True Genius” video designed by YouTube user Sandr0nba shows, seeing Bryant’s highlight reel sparks a mind-numbing experience. Yes, everyone has seen Bryant make these shots countless times. But watching them on a loop only expands the amazement that Bryant’s able to achieve the miraculous in so many games in so many different circumstances again and again and again.
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