Yea, that dude in the middle is Jack Taylor, he doesn't play in the NBA, and probably never will, but he will be remembered as the guy that scored 138 points in a Division III NCAA Basketball game. You read it right, he scored 138 points out of his team's total 179 points. They beat their opponents by a margin of 75 points and Kobe loved everything thing about it.
From Dave McMenamin:
Reporter: Kobe, a college kid scored 138 points tonight and took over 100 shots ...A very Kobe like answer, the plug for his shoe was totally necessary and hilarious. I bet Kobe now wishes he went to college and destroy every trace of that record. Maybe that is what he will do after he retires, although it is completely impossible due to stupid rules, there was a 59 year old college football player.
Bryant: "Wow ... No kidding? Where?"
Reporter: Grinnell college in Iowa.
Bryant: "Really? Wow. That's impressive. That's crazy. I don't care what level you're at. Scoring 138 points is pretty insane. How many 3s did he shoot?"
Bryant: "Holy sh--. How many points did they score as a team?"
Reporter: No other starter had double figures.
Bryant: "That's incredible."
Reporter: Dude on the other team scored 71 points and lost.
Bryant: "That's amazing. He must have been wearing the Mambas, man. Only Mambas have no conscious to shoot the ball like that."
Reporter: If you did that, would people be celebrating you?
Bryant: "Would people be celebrating me if I scored 138 points? You know how it is, some people would, some people wouldn't. They can all kiss my a-- as I'm sure he feels the same way. If you score 138 points, you kind of have a license to tell people to f--- off."
When Carmelo Anthony, a fellow point-getter heard the news, he didn't give much praise and was actually critical.
"I never heard of nothing like that. That's like a video game," Anthony said, an incredulous look on his face. "How can you shoot 100 times, though?"The notion of Carmelo's disgust at someone shooting over a 100 times in a single game is very laughable. Hopefully for the Knicks, he won't play up to that excuse because that wouldn't be too good for the team that has finally found an identity.
He joked that from now on when someone asks if he's taking too many shots, he'll mention "that someone shot it 108 times."
Then again, Jack Taylor might secretly be Melo 5.
Source: NY Daily News