While the rest of the basketball world celebrates the seven-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game, Raptors fans understandably view it a bit differently – more like a day of mourning – as that game in L.A. serves as the poster child of a very dark period for basketball in Toronto (there have been a few dark periods).

But because sometimes it’s healthy to cry yourself a river, here’s a reminder of what happened on January 22, 2006…

We heard Jalen Rose’s take on the historic night earlier this year, now here’s Bryant’s take, as Kobe live-tweeted while watching his 81-point performance for the first time this afternoon. Matt Bonner reference included!


That’s funny Kobe, because us Raptors fans felt like we were looking at an Edvard Munch painting.