A prediction worth reading, especially if your name is LeBron James.
As I followed Kobe Bryant down a narrow corridor leading to the exits after his Madison Square Garden-record 61 points Monday night, someone asked Bryant, "How many points do you think LeBron's gonna try to score?" James, the last visiting player to score 50 at MSG before Bryant's outburst, visits the Garden Wednesday night. The bar has been set pretty high.
"I don't know," Bryant said. "He’s not a natural scorer, though. He’s more of a facilitator."
"I know, but he sees you score 61 at the Garden?" the fan said. "Come on."
"That would be my inclination," Bryant said. "But he’s more the passing type. He might come in here and have a quadruple-double though. He might have 33, 15, 12, and 10 steals or something."
Not a bad prediction. Last March, LeBron fell two rebounds shy of a rare 50-point triple-double -- 50 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds. So there you have it, LeBron. Your turn on Wednesday.