Kobe Bryant making history with “old school Oscar Robertson style” triple double against Nuggets
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“You see now — very, very efficient,” said Kobe Bryant after recording a triple double (near quad if you count the 9 turnovers) in just 32 minutes in a win against the Nuggets. “I know exactly where I want to go. I get to my spots. I don’t try to beat guys with quickness. I back them down, get to my areas and elevate over them. Old school Oscar Robertson-style.”
His old school style triple double also put him the company of old school Wilt Chamberlain and Jason Kidd as the only 36 year olds to have multiple triple doubles at the age of 36 and in the company of old school Artis Gilmore and Kidd again as the only 36 year olds to ever score 20 with a triple double.
“It just seemed so easy for Kobe to get that triple-double,” teammate Jeremy Lin said. “He’s so talented. … He’s lost a little bit of his athleticism. He’s not the same, in terms of explosiveness or his body recovering or whatever. That’s no secret. But he’s finding ways to be effective and manage regardless of that. As your body evolves, you have to evolve as a player.”
Bryant also joined another list of old school players when he broke the 25k field goal attempt mark and joined Kareem and Karl Malone. When he was asked if he thought all those shots were catching up to him he replied,
“Absolutely. I feel every single one of them.”