Kobe Bryant just got disrespected by ESPN when they released their 36-40 NBA player power rankings and Kobe Bryant was listed as number 40.

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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is only 593 points away from passing Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, which could happen in Chicago, against the Bulls on Christmas.

Yeah he might be coming off a pretty bad injury but never doubt the Black Mamba, as there aren’t many of his kind still left in the NBA. So to pay respect to Kobe, as ESPN didn’t, we’d like to celebrate Throwback Thursday by reflecting on the day Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points, while wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe I.

In just under 42 minutes of on-court time, Bryant piled up 81 points (28-of-46 from the field, 7-of-13 from three, 18-of-20 from the line) to lead his Los Angeles Lakers past the visiting Toronto Raptors, 122-104.

Ironically, the Nike Zoom Kobe I was the first signature model from Nike, which would later release in limited quantities inspired by his performance. Since then Nike Basketball has released a “Concord” colorway of ever Kobe signature shoe, as a tribute to the 81 points game.

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