Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Did Corey Fisher really score 105 points?
By Eamonn Brennan
This is at least a day old now -- you'll have to forgive me, as I was staring down a strange case of food poisoning for much of the weekend -- but it's a story I can't simply let pass thanks to a day or so on the shelf.
The story is this: According to a variety of trustworthy sources, Villanova guard Corey Fisher scored -- prepare yourself here -- 105 points in a New York City summer league game. Yes, you read that correctly. One. Zero. Five.
One hundred and five points sounds like an urban legend, something created after years of word-of-mouth exaggeration. Apparently not. Bounce Magazine, Dime, and NBADraft.net have all confirmed the scoreline, and the Hoop Doctors have something like a box score to go along with it. Fisher attempted 28 3-point shots and made 23 of them; he scored 72 of his 105 in the second half. Defense isn't exactly a priority at summer league showcase games, but the description from Fisher's game is that of a frustrated opponent double- and triple-teaming Fisher in an attempt to get the ball out of his hands. I'm guessing that didn't work.
Unfortunately, the one data point missing here is video. That tends to cast suspicion over the scoreline; doesn't pretty much every basketball game in the world, including summer league and park games, end up on YouTube eventually? Did no one have a camera out during a 105-point performance? Until we see video, we'll always assume the worst. Such is the nature of the Internet in 2010.
So, yes, be advised: This could still be a hoax. But I sure don't want it to be. I want it to be real, because I want to see it, and not the other way around.