January 22, 2006, will always be remembered as the NBA date that Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points in a single game. Only Wilt Chamberlain's 100 points scored during a single game back in 1962 were more.
On the other end of the Black Mamba's scoring greatness was Jalen Rose, who played for the Toronto Raptors at the time and had the unenviable task of trying to defend Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers for a bulk of that game.
Well, more than 11 years after Kobe turned Jalen and the Raptors into a buffet line, fans still won't let Rose live down the fact that he's permanently attached to the dubious end of Bryant's unreal feat.
So, what did Jalen do about it? The former NBA star turned ABC/ESPN analyst decided to poke fun at himself by talking with Bryant during a spot on his new Jalen vs. Everybody show, which he says will air on ESPN tomorrow night.
During the segment, Jalen approaches Kobe at a restaurant, as the two exchange pleasantries. However, things hilariously take a turn for the worse when a waiter asks Kobe what he wants to drink and the five-time champion replies, "a vodka martini." When the waiter asks how many olives he'd like with it, Bryant thinks deeply before saying, "81."
Oh, the hurt on Jalen's face. And people are loving Kobe burning Jalen in this spot just like they did when he cooked him on the court more than 11 years ago.
Sorry, Jalen, but this one will be synonymous with you for life!
Gotta love it!
His face says it all.
Real tears over here, too.
Zero chill in this spot.
Petty ... and we're loving it.
(Photos from left: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival, Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)