‘Part of History’: Caron Butler Shares an Untold Kobe Bryant Game Winner Story

Published 08/19/2021, 11:00 PM EDT
SAN ANTONIO – MAY 7: (FILE PHOTO) Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers bites his jersey in Game two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2003 NBA Playoffs at SBC Center on May 7, 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. Bryant was released on bail by the Eagle County Sheriff’s office in Colorado July 6, 2003 after posting a $25,000 bond on a felony count of sexual assault. (Photo by: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)


Hard work is one of the most important things needed to be an NBA player, and Kobe Bryant was the epitome of working hard. Likewise, the ‘Mamba’ became one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

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Moreover, Kobe also had the clutch factor. Akin to Michael Jordan, when it came to the last shot, it had to be Bryant. Hence, he hit many game winners in his career. There have been crazy stories about it as well.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown and Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) talk it over during the third quarter in game 6 of the first round of the NBA playoffs Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Pepsi Center in Denver Colorado. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post (Photo By AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Recently, one of Bryant’s former teammates shared an insane story. His story proves how the ‘Mamba’ was a cold-blooded assassin on the court. In addition, it shows that he was not afraid of the big moment, rather he embraced it. Here is how Kobe made his own play and hit the game winner once again.

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Caron Butler shares insane Kobe Bryant story

The Lakers acquired Butler in the trade involving Shaq being sent to Miami. Although he played with Kobe for just a single season, Caron Butler sparked a friendship with the ‘Mamba’. Despite the fact that Bryant was hard on his teammates, he and Butler seemed to find a common ground.

While on the Long Shot podcast, Butler revealed the story of Bryant’s game-winner against Charlotte in 2005. He explained how Kobe Bryant demanded the ball during crunch time and hit the final shot to secure the win.

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Butler explained: “We was in Charlotte, and we was in the huddle. The game was tied. There is only like four seconds, three seconds on the shot clock. Rudy T is like drawing up all type of s**t on the board. Kobe said ‘f**k that just give me the ball right here’. And, he was like ‘whoever wanna take the ball will be part of history’. Lamar is like I want to be part of history. Kobe hit the shot, and it’s game.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 15: (L-R) Kobe Bryant #24 and Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers share a laugh on the bench during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 15, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 126-86. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The story just goes to show how confident Kobe was in his abilities. He had worked hard for moments like these and he came in prepared for them. In the 2004-05 season, Bryant averaged 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.

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Do you think any player works harder than Kobe Bryant? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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