The Phoenix Suns guard told reporters that he had the confidence to go for 70 points against the Boston Celtics because he learned from Kobe Bryant not to put any limits on himself. “I seen an interview with Kobe; he said what separated him from a lot of people was everyone thought 30 points was a lot,” Booker said, via Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe. “He said he never set himself a limit, and that always sticks in my head. He said he’d score 100 if he could. So he never had a limit, I don’t put a limit on anything. I want to be the best in life. In all parts in life, not just basketball.”
Sitting at his locker, veteran center Tyson Chandler considered what he had just witnessed at the TD Garden. The word that kept popping to mind was “legendary.” Does Booker have everything figured out? No. And to Chandler, that is what’s so impressive. “God willing this kid stays healthy,” he said, “I think he’s going to be a Top 10 scorer of all time.”
Storyline: Devin Booker 70-Point Game
The Celtics didn’t see it that way. Maybe it was because Booker talks a lot of trash. He had words with Isaiah Thomas after he rejected the All-Star guard in transition. He exchanged words with forward Jae Crowder, who informed the Suns guard in the second half, mistakenly as it turned out, “You’re not getting 50.” At some road stops this season, this has made Booker a villain of sorts. It’s a role he embraces. “He was like that at Kentucky,” said point guard Tyler Ulis, who teamed with Booker in college. “We told the media about how we liked away games more because we liked the boos and we took that on and it made us play better. He doesn’t care who likes him on the court.”