When Mike James Played In Kobe’s 81 Point Game
So Mike James has been written about a couple times lately. And with everything else that’s going on, it’s nice to talk about non-legal, non-14-29 record, basketball-related items. But first, here’s a run-down of everything that’s going on (can’t help myself) …
Such as Javaris Crittenton finally appearing in court, pleading to a misdemeanor gun possession, and being sentenced to one-year probation and a $1,250 fine all in about half-a-day. Oh, and since Gilbert Arenas has owned “hundreds” of guns, we found out about him making fun of Crittenton’s gun because it was little. Good one.
What else? Well, Crittenton’s day in court only created more contradictions, brought to you by Dan Steinberg, and not clarity. My favorite one … the idea the Crittenton dealt with fearing for his life with an unloaded gun. Can we all agree that Javaris got rid of the bullets before turning in the gun? Ok, I’m making an assumption, but that seems like where the smart money is.
And not to forget … the NY Post’s Petey Vescey has come out with a piece today that makes him the undisputed number one challenger to Tony Kornheiser for King of the Pricks. I won’t link to Vescey’s piece, but again, the magnanimous Dan Steinberg tucks Vescey’s tired act into bed with a nice warm glass of …
So [Vescey] got the date of the confrontation wrong, the fact that they drew weapons on each other wrong, the entire tenor of the episode wrong, while bringing up a complete red herring about gambling on league games. He, more than anyone else, was responsible for this entire incident being framed as a Wild West shootout rather than the ridiculous bit of immaturity that it was. And now he finds his great love for the truth has been sullied by Mike Wise. Swell.
Oh yea, Kobe Bryant and the NBA World Champion Lakers are in town tonight. Speaking of that Kobe guy … look up the box score of his 81 point game against the Toronto Raptors, which occurred just four years and four days ago today. Wonder if Kobe will drop 44 tonight.
In that box score, you’ll find none other than the Wizards’ own Mike James as leading scorer for the visiting Raptors. That night, he pocketed 26 points and dropped 10 dimes.
A while back, I asked Mike about his memories of the game, here goes …
JAMES: “Yea, I was disappointed. We didn’t double-team. We let him do whatever he wanted and he hit every shot.”
ME: Was there ever like …
“I don’t want to talk about that.
I’m going to Tweet about that one, ‘This S.O.B. asked me about …’
I ain’t even going to … I hate talking about that. Don’t you know that’s like a soft spot for me man? Because no body else on my damn team …”
[Mike said all of this while smiling and obviously wanted to speak about the game some more.]
Did you implore anyone to be an enforcer, foul Kobe?
“Yea, but I think at that time, the coach (Sam Mitchell) was more in shock. He was so much into the game and couldn’t believe what he was seeing with his own eyes that he almost forgot about coaching.”
It was a close game (Toronto went up 71-53 with 9:22 left in the third quarter) … Kobe needed to score for his team to compete.
“He was definitely hitting shots that you’re not supposed to be able to hit. He was doing things and … I remember him taking two steps over half-court and shooting, and it’s bottoms.
When the hole is that big, there is only one thing to do and that’s foul, keep fouling, foul some more, and triple team. But we didn’t do that. We felt like at the time we could individually stop him and obviously that didn’t work. And he goes down in history.”
And you’re part of the history …
“And I’m part of the history … yea, thanks.”