The 61 Followup
After the Garden-record 61 points dropped on the Knicks Monday might, everyone is wondering if an encore is in the works. It could come from newest contestant LeBron James, who just happens to be in New York this evening. (FYI to the party planners. If LBJ hits 62+ and a shindig will commemorate, if guests are patted down, you apparently need not invite Diddy.) According to the King, the game's endgame is about the "W," not topping the current title holder, one Kobe Bryant.
And speaking of The Mamba, does he have similar tricks up his sleeve at the expense of the Toronto Raptors? If so, Phil Jackson would love a heads up before the opening tip. He'd also love a Plan B, as a sustained tear of such magnitude could leave Kobe's mates in the lurch. And every Laker needs to be contributing tonight and especially tomorrow, since their East coast hosts happen to be on a roll. Frankly, the Boston matchup could be the rare game where Trevor Ariza demands Kobe give him the ball.
Interesting notion floated by the Daily News' Tom Hoffarth. Was 61 better than 81 purely because of the venue?
- Are you a GM looking to make a deal? Pick a King. Nearly any King. Sacto could really use the dude whose number they're retiring.
- Judging by the precedents in place, the odds of LBJ bolting are low. Kinda like the odds of a Wade-James combo in NY, according to Flash.
- Jameer Nelson is staring down the possibility of a season ending injury. Could the Magic's loss be Jamaal Tinsley's gain? Orlando G.M. Otis Smith certainly has some decisions to make.
- Larry Hughes is now an inactive member of the Bulls.
- Darius Miles goes one on one with HoopsAddict.
- The Birdman is a... wait for it... HAWK on defense.