It’s been a long day, starting with a 7:30 a.m. flight to New Orleans on Friday morning. I’m tired. So I’m just going to leave a few quotes about Kobe Bryant following his fourth straight game of 50 points or more.
“You love watching greatness. And right now you’re watching one of the greatest players of our time.” — Hornets coach Byron Scott.
“Just watching it on the highlights, you’re getting a chance to witness history in the league. It’s something that rarely happens, and it’s something that not that many players get a chance to do. I think that’s the main thing, being able to be a part of that by being in the league and playing against a guy of his caliber.” — Hornets forward Desmond Mason.
“His will is like no other. He’s got to be one of the top athletes of all time as far as competing and determination and will is concerned He’s right up there with the great ones.” — Lakers forward Lamar Odom.
“Right now we’re witnessing greatness. I think when it’s all said and done and he’s gone from this game, we’re going to take a look at what he did and really appreciate it. Few of us appreciate it right now. I’m one of them who does appreciate what he’s doing. When he’s finished and we take a look back, the man has done some incredible things.” — Hornets center Tyson Chandler.
“Remember that suspension two weeks ago? I think that has motivated him. I don’t know if we like to have suspensions all of the time to work for us, but there were some things there that motivated him.” — Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
“I think the thing that makes him head and shoulders (above everyone) is his attitude. I think that’s the thing that separates him from the other guys. There are still some guys in this league that’s probably just as athletic if not more athletic than Kobe, but there not tougher mentally. I don’t think there’s anybody in the game tougher than him mentally.” — Hornets coach Byron Scott.
“I think he’s always got a bad rap if he takes 40 shots everybody says he’s hogging the ball. No disrespect to the other guys on their team, but how many of those guys want to shoot the ball when the game is on the line? He’s willing to take that chance. He’s willing to be the hero. So I don’t see him hogging, but then if he takes 10 shots everybody criticizes him about not shooting enough. It’s ridiculous to me. But I think he’s doing what he has to do. If you’re a superstar on your team, you do whatever it takes to win.” — Byron Scott.
“Best player alive.” — Darnell Mayberry