Time flies when you score 81 points.
Friday marks the 10-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant's outburst against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. It was historic, remarkably efficient and it happened at a time when Bryant had very little help on a mediocre Lakers team.
Smush Parker played alongside him in the backcourt (this was bad) and former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown was trying to revive an already stumbling career (he wouldn't).
The Lakers were reeling from the gradual dispersal of the roster on their run of three consecutive championships, and would barely make playoffs in the 2005-06 season, the start of Coach Phil Jackson's second tour with the...