Kobe's over his 81

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Kobe Bryant is not using video footage of his 81-point game to prepare for the rematch tonight against the Raptors.

As far as the Los Angeles Lakers star is concerned, what's the point of watching something that is out of date?

"It's a season ago, it's a completely different team, so no, I won't watch it," Bryant said yesterday.

"If this was the same ball club we played last year and the same kind of team, I'd probably watch it. But this is a different ball club (Bryant feels the Lakers have the most trouble with fast-paced teams like the Raptors), so there's no need to."

That's not to say Bryant does not cherish the memory of his huge game.

"Oh yeah. Eighty-one points is 81 points," Bryant said. "This is definitely a special moment for me and for us, something that will be tough to forget."

His teammates won't forget it, either.

"It was one of those things. You were caught up in the game, but once he got to 60, 70, that's when we started to be like, this is kind of crazy," Lakers forward Luke Walton said. "But it wasn't until late in the third quarter we got a big lead, so it wasn't until we got home that night and watched the whole game that you saw how amazing that performance really was. It wasn't one thing that stood out, it was just play, after play, after play, he just kept scoring."

NEW CHALLENGE

The challenge for Bryant these days is recovering from off-season right knee surgery.

"There's limitations of what you can do after you get some miles," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said recently. "He's going to return to a position where he's going to dazzle and be remarkable in some things out there, but he's never going to be 100% with that knee again. We talked about it this summer about how to sustain another eight to 10 years of play. He's a terrific athlete. He should be able to play a long time. Some of it is practice time, some of it's about on-the-court excess work or unnecessary work and keeping the workload down."

Bryant was in the headlines for an off-court reason this week, as well. He is being sued by an Arkansas man, who claims Bryant deliberately elbowed him during a game in Memphis against the Grizzlies this year.


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