I really admire what Wilt did, and wouldn't be mad if people said that Kobe's feat couldn't touch it. But a friend of mine who writes for ESPN wanted me, the Kobe fan, to come up with an argument stating why his 81 point night is more important than Wilts. Plus some emailers asked me the same thing in response to my "Rumble Young Man Rumble!!!!" post. Fuck, here goes, rip me to shreads if you will.
Kobe sat for 6 minutes
Wilt played the entire game.
Besides the all out attempt to get the ball out of Chamberlain's hands the Knicks would foul other Warriors players. To counter that and get the ball back in Chamberlains hands, the Warriors would quickly foul a Knicks player. Implying that they we giving Wilt as many chances as possible to score.
The warriors had a total of 39 assists.
The Lakers had a total of 18 assists.(2 from Bryant)
Wilt Chamberlain quote after his 100 point game: "It would have been impossible to score this many points if my teammates hadn't kept feeding me, especially Guy!"
The Opposing teams roster against Kobe: Jalen Rose 6'8, 215(14.7 career ppg), Mike James 6'2, 188(career 10.3 ppg), Chris Bosh 6'10, 230(career 16.0 ppg) Morris Peterson 6'7, 220(career 11.8 ppg) Matt Bonner 6'10, 240(career 7.1 ppg) Charlie Villanueva 6'11 240(career 11.8 ppg) Joey Graham 6'7, 225(career 6.4 ppg) Jose calderon 6'3 210(career 6.1 ppg) Pape Sow 6'10, 250(career 2.3 ppg)
The Opposing teams roster against Wilt: The Knicks best center was sidelined with the flu, Phil Jordan, and was guarded by Darrall Imhoff 6'10 220(career with knicks- 7.2 ppg) and Cleveland Buckner 6'9 210(only played 2 seasons with the knicks(6 points a game) Willie Naulls 6'6, 225(career with knicks- 15.8 ppg) Donnis Butcher 6'2, 200(career with knicks- 6.1 ppg) Dave Budd 6'6, 205(career with knicks- 7.1 ppg) Al Buler 6'2 175(career with knicks- 9.8) Richie Guerin 6'4, 195(career with knicks- 17.3 ppg) Johnny Green 6'5, 200(career with knicks- 11.6 ppg)
The arguments about there being legitimate centers around the time played is a silly ass one because we are dealing with the specific game at hand. By comparing players during Wilt's 100 point game and Kobe's 81 point game, Wilt is by far the tallest individual. In Kobe's game, given the sizes of the players listed above, there are 7 players from the Raptors who participated in that game that are taller than Bryant.
Kobe Bryant hit a higher percentage of field goals
When Wilt scored his 100, it was a meaningless game with the playoff spots already secured.
Even thought the Raptors are no power house, the Knicks team that Wilt played against was dead last.
Wilts team lead the whole way, with Wilt not really needing to even play in the fourth quarter. His mere presence implies that he was getting fed the ball continuously to reach a certain goal. The Lakers game on the other hand was a different story, with the Lakers needing to come from behind to win.
From what they say about the time surrounding Wilts 100 point game, there wasn't really an emphasis on defense. Even though I know that the Toronto Raptors aren't exactly a defense first minded team.
Even though the argument about Kobe having the luxury of a three point shot is relevant, but it just highlights the fact that he took a crap-load of jump-shots. Higher in difficulty than most of the shots that I'm sure Wilt attempted.
Not that it would make a difference but the starting Center for the Knicks, Phil Jordan, didn't play because he was injured.