Kobe Bryant will have both of his jerseys (8 and 24) retired tonight at Staples Center, so in honor of the Black Mamba, let's take a look back at EIGHT of his most impressive (but lesser-known) stats he recorded during his historic career.
Yep, we know all about the 81-point game-- second-highest scoring performance ever. Blah Blah. Here's what most people don't know: That night, he had 2/3 of his team's scoring output (and 36% of both team's scoring output) and that game pushed his average 1.1 Read More
1. D'Angelo Russell's career night.
Per Elias Sports Bureau, D’Angelo Russell (21 years, 24 days old) is youngest Lakers player with at least 40 points in a regular season game
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 20, 2017
He added six assists, two rebounds, two steals, and seven triples.
2. Speaking of career nights, Damian Lillard has a pretty good game himself.
Damian Lillard's 49 points are the most by any NBA player on 21 field goal attempts or fewer since Amar'e Stoudemire (11/5/08).
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The Los Angeles Lakers have been the Fakers the past few seasons, missing out on a number of big-name free agents and trying to make the best out of the last years of Kobe Bryant. We knew how that turned out.
Quietly, though, the Lakers have built a nice young core, not to mention hire one of the brightest young coaches in the game in Luke Walton. Bryant has since retired which means player development will be on full swing and with Walton at the helm, the Purple and Gold figures to be one of the Read More
5 Awesome NBA Stats And Figures Of The Day
1. Ben Simmons' court vision is the real deal. Eight assists vs Lakers along with eight points and 10 rebounds
2. Speaking of passing, Serbia has won the Belgrade OQT over Puerto Rico by assisting on every made field goal. 37 assists on 37 FGs!
3. Larry Nance Jr vs Sixers: 13 Pts, 7 Stls, 4 Blks, 4 Ast, 8 rebounds
4. Not exactly Mike Conley-esque Read More
People in Los Angeles aren't the most patient in the world so anyone cheering for the Purple and Gold find very little reason to do so.
Kobe Bryant seemed to have one thing in mind from the get-go, and that is to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list, shooting percentages be damned. Highly-touted rookie Julius Randle got himself seven minutes of real NBA play before breaking his tibia. And the list goes on.
No fantasy-productive players will return this season except Read More
We have (mostly) seen everything in this year's edition of free agency, from the emoji wars to the backyard stakeouts and everything in between.
It must have been clear by now that front offices and thereby, teams, aren't created equal and some definitely did fare better than the others.
1. New Favorites Out West
As if its still-solid core isn't enough, the San Antonio Spurs re-tooled and, shall we say, set themselves up for good for another half-decade long of contention by adding LaMarcus Read More