Recalling One of Kobe Bryant’s Vicious Plays, 45 Yo NBA Veteran Once Revealed How Lakers Legend and Referee Double Teamed Him

Published 09/27/2023, 3:00 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant will go down in NBA history as a beacon of greatness. No matter his skill and determination, he has made his mark as an unforgettable player. But besides the highlight tapes and titles, there are stories that expose how fierce a competitor Kobe was. Speaking about the time that he spent with the Black Mamba in a revealing moment that was reminiscent of his on-the-court intensity, a former NBA player recalled one unforgettable story.

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This 45-year-old NBA vet shared a story that was both unusual and funny when it comes to Kobe, this player, and a referee. Today we dive into this amazing story, where we see the drive and mental games that made Kobe a legend.

How Kobe Got into Stephen Jackson’s Head: A game of psychological warfare through the centuries.

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This was just an ordinary NBA game at San Antonio, but it wouldn’t remain so for long. Veteran NBA player Stephen Jackson took the court against Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers.

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He took a shot and Kobe, not wanting to lose under any circumstances, bumped into Jackson’s arm. The surprising part? The red-whistle guy is standing right in front of the goal, but the whistle remains unsounded.

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“You know, of course. This is what any basketball player does: argue with the ref.” Jackson being who he is and all, went into a fight with the ref. But in true Kobe fashion, he managed to juggle berating the ref while defending Jax at the same time.

In the middle of this heated argument, Kobe brought his game to a new high. From the logo he let one fly, something only a player of his type would attempt. The basket swished, Kobe, giving Jackson a glance. That wasn’t an ordinary gaze that would be expressed in mere words but a look that went beyond a look that said simply that you had to notice.

And to add insult to injury, the ref glared at Jackson too, like they were conspirators. Jackson was in an awkward spot facing the Kobe mind game and the ref simultaneously.

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The Aftermath: The End Of A Legendary Tale

And at the end of the day, the Lakers won 69-whatever, as Jackson joked. The score of the evening, however, was not what mattered; what mattered were the relentless determination and Kobe Bryant-like spirit. He played not only with ability but with an intellect beyond the ordinary.

Steve Jackson’s tale from San Antonio about Kobe that year is indicative of his capacity to play psychological games. As we honor his legacy, let’s also recall the instances such as moments where we saw the supreme intensity, the relentless rivalry, and the wily nature which were integral parts of why Kobe was one of the best basketball players in history.

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Stephen Jackson’s story is just one of numerous chapters in the incredible narrative of Kobe Bryant, an icon whose name will be eternally remembered in basketball.

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Abhinav Tomar

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Abhinav Singh Tomar is an NBA author at EssentiallySports. He translates his love for the game into captivating coverage. A true hoop enthusiast and a fan of all sports, he brings the court to life with his insightful writing skills.
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