Be honest: you loved to tell all your friends growing up you hated that song but deep down you loved it. It was the early 2000’s version of ‘Danza Kuduro’ — the song you could listen to anytime, anywhere — no matter what mood you’re in and it would make you happy.
Ok so anyways, before we begin arguing over which ‘Now That’s What I Call Music!’ CD was the best of all-time: we need to talk about Kobe’s performance last night — the same Kobe we’ve been making fun of all year for being old and bad at basketball and did I mention old…
The Mamba went OFF vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves, and put on a show vs. one of the next up-and-coming stars in the league: Andrew Wiggins. It was a classic old school vs. new school matchup which eventually saw the sensei defeating the apprentice via a dagger jumper with the game on the line:
However, the sensei had his moments as well — dropping a patented Kobe fadeaway right in his face:
Kobe's face after this Wiggins fadeaway jumper is great pic.twitter.com/FwFEaXwu4J— Kawob Leonard (@WorldWideWob) February 3, 2016
Postgame Kobe said Wiggins told him “I got that from you” when they got to the other end of the court.
A passing of the torch — if you will?
Kobe Bryant finished with 38 points (10-21 FG, 11-12 FT, 7-11 3 PT), 5 Assists, and 5 rebounds. The last time a player 37 years or older scored 37+ points? Reggie Miller in 2005.
Here are his highlights in full:
Who doesn't want 1:30 of Mamba highlights from tonight?! (Bleacher Report) https://t.co/xZxFigm7DL— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 3, 2016
Sam Mitchell, the Head Coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves (and of the Toronto Raptors when Kobe had his historic 81-point game), had this to say after the game:
The perfect ending to a perfect Kobe night.