8. On Yao Ming (2002-03)
A game during the infamous 40-point game streak, Kobe’s night (52 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) was overshadowed by one play near the end of the third quarter. I could pull out the old cliché of climbing the Great Wall of China. But Kobe didn’t really climb it; he sort of met Yao at the top. I love it as a dunk, but Yao is like the anti-kangaroo. The funny part about this one is that Kobe was dealing with a sore knee at the time. He complained postgame that it was making certain things on the court difficult. Obviously, dunking on giants wasn’t one of them.
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