Richard Jefferson Shares Kobe Bryant Story That Perfectly Explains Mamba Mentality
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It’s almost mind-boggling when you look at Kobe Bryant’s career numbers and see that he averaged just under five assists throughout his 20-year NBA career. Could you recall a play in which he actually passed the ball?
We all refer to Kobe’s game as the “Mamba Mentality,” because of the mindset that he was always looking to score, no matter how difficult the matchup. His game would even bait referees into granting him unwarranted free throws. Just ask Richard Jefferson.
Jefferson sat in on the Brooklyn Nets’ broadcast during Tuesday night’s game against the Lakers and told an awesome story about how Bryant once convinced the refs to give him some free throws.
While calling the Nets game, Richard Jefferson told a story about hearing Kobe convince the refs to give him a shooting foul.
He said all Kobe had to do was tell them, “I haven’t passed the ball all night.” 😂 pic.twitter.com/UQMpKUHUqX
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Wow. This may just be the quintessential Kobe story. Only he could get away with making people believe he was shooting even when he wasn’t.
You have to chuck up A LOT of shots in your career for that to be possible. It just so happens that Kobe has attempted the third most shots in NBA history at 26,200!
It’s almost as though Bryant was the originator of the basketball cliche and popular slogan, “shooters keep shooting.”