Last night was an awesome day for NBA fans. Warriors set the record. Lakers sent Kobe out with a bang.
Watching the first half of the Warriors game was awesome. Steph came out firing and put up 20 points in the 1st quarter! He was gunning for a multitude of records and ended up smashing them all (getting over 400 3's, being in the exclusive 50-40-90 club, and breaking the 72 win record set by Michael Jordan and the Bulls). After watching him put up his 8th 3 of the night we looked along the bottom and saw that Kobe was doing something special on the other channel. We switched over when he had 35 points and watching the rest of that game was magical.
It was all Kobe all the time, and the Jazz were leading for most of the game. Everyone in the arena and in my house erupted for each shot he made. When they took the lead with under a minute left it was quite the classic Kobe performance. 60 points on some not-so-great efficiency just chucking shot after shot. Flashing to pictures of celebs in the crowd between each shot. It was almost surreal what we were watching.
So watching a legend retire and Michael Jordan's Bulls record be broken is a reminder that the NBA is changing. While I've always been a fan of the old school players and unselfish teams... Kobe and Steph remind us that sometimes it's remarkable to watch the once-in-a-generation talent players do their thing.
I've never known an NBA without Kobe, thank you for the many years of entertainment!