Kobe Bryant participated in a charity basketball game in Shanghai over the weekend and dropped 68 points in only 15 minutes… in the second half alone. No biggie. So, why did Kobe only play in the second half? Well, it was a charity event and there weren’t any serious ballers involved as most were singers and actors. But check the impetus for the Los Angeles Lakers superstar going H.A.M. via his Facebook page:
The Sprite China 2nd Annual Charity Basketball game was a ton of fun. We played two 15 min halves with a running clock. I watched from the bench for the first half. We were trailing by 9 when I was notified that fans via text can choose a team to add 20 additional points to their tally!!! We were now down 29!! I wanted to play it cool but what the heck, the place was packed with fans who’d sang an early happy birthday to me and really wanted to watch me go to work. My teammates were down. They are all singers/actors and do not play ball much AT ALL, but they are very successful at what they do hence they are VERY competitive. They asked if I could bring them back in the second half…
So, Kobe said, “Sure, no problem,” as he shrugged his shoulders in reply. Ho hum.
I didn’t want to disappoint them or the fans that had paid their hard earned money for a show so I took the challenge of really using the second half as a training session for my stamina. I ran and ran and ran. I wound up scoring 68 in the 2nd and we won. Like I said, they are not basketball players by any stretch of the imagination. I was just having fun with all of them and loved hearing the crowd enjoy the show we put on.
So, basically, hanging 68 in a 15-minute half was only practice for Mamba. I love the nonchalance of it all. In any case, below, you can check out Kobe’s practice session: