During what will soon become a Hall of Fame career with Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant shot over 10,000 free throws. So it is safe to say that he probably benefited the judges.
As one of his most hard defenders, Richard Jefferson got witness to Bryant engaging with officials many times. Jefferson was known as one of NBA’s better defenders throughout his 1
7-year career and met Bryant in the 2002 NBA finals as a member of the then New Jersey Nets.
However, one moment has stood out with Jefferson regarding the Lakers legend. During the Lakers game with Brooklyn Nets Jefferson, now a color commentator on the YES network, shared a story that Kobe manipulated officials to give him a foul, via ESPN :
“They tried to find out on whether he shot or not. And Kobe immediately told the official: “I have not gone the ball all night.” They just ended up giving him free throws. They accepted. We were like, “He passed.” Kobe was like, “Man, I have not gone through all night.” And they looked and were like “Yes, let’s give him the free throws.” It was a good logic. At that time there was nothing like a player we could argue. “ This is a great anecdote from Jefferson, which undoubtedly has much about many of NBA’s greats. Most times spectators have no idea what the players say to judges when they talk to them, but Jefferson gave an insight this time.
There are many players who are mistakenly mistaken, but Kobe comes up with the idea of why he was definitely shooting is a full time good. The fact that officials believed him and granted him free throw makes it even better.
There is a famous video about Michael Jordan called to travel and tell the official that there was no way he traveled and the judge agreed with him saying that he did not. If video of this Bryant moment could be revealed, there is no doubt that it would be viral.