By now, if you haven’t heard about Grinnell College’s Jack Taylor scoring 138 points on 108 shots during a D-III college game, you are probably my mom and will email me about it tomorrow morning. Other than that, I trust you’ve heard it. You’re reading about basketball on the internet right now, so I think is a safe assumption. Besides, if you hadn’t heard yet, now you have and we’re all on even footing.
Included in that even footing is Kobe Bryant, who reacted to this scoring outburst exactly as you would expect. From ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:
Reporter: Kobe, a college kid scored 138 points tonight and took over 100 shots …
Bryant: “Wow … No kidding? Where?”
Reporter: Grinnell College in Iowa.
Bryant: “Really? Wow. That’s impressive. That’s crazy. I don’t care what level you’re at. Scoring 138 points is pretty insane. How many 3s did he shoot?”
Bryant: “Holy sh–. How many points did they score as a team?”
Reporter: No other starter had double figures.
Bryant: “That’s incredible.”
Reporter: Dude on the other team scored 71 points and lost.
Bryant: “That’s amazing. He must have been wearing the Mambas, man. Only Mambas have no conscious to shoot the ball like that.”
Reporter: If you did that, would people be celebrating you?
Bryant: “Would people be celebrating me if I scored 138 points? You know how it is, some people would, some people wouldn’t. They can all kiss my a– as I’m sure he feels the same way. If you score 138 points, you kind of have a license to tell people to f— off.”
I can’t quite pinpoint the most Kobe Bryant quote in this whole exchange — my personal favorites are “That’s impressive,” “Only Mambas have no conscious to shoot the ball like that,” and “If you score 138 points, you kind of have a license to tell people to f— off.” — because they are all great. It’s almost like this story happened just so Kobe Bryant could be asked about it and respond exactly how he did.
In fact, for just a split second, Kobe was probably thinking about either how he wishes he’d have spent a season at Grinnell or calculating just how many points he could score on a D-III team while taking 108 shots. Then he went back to staring people down. You know, normal Kobe stuff.
(via SB Nation)