MILWAUKEE -- Many players have tried to call themselves Kobe Stoppers in years past.
While nobody has ever truly stopped one of the greatest scorers in NBA history, the best defenders have found a way to make him work for his points.
A quick glance at Thursday's box score shows that Bryant scored 30 points against the Bucks. What it doesn't show is how hard he had to work for those points, with 18 coming from the free-throw line.
For years, Milwaukee's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has been tasked with guarding Bryant, LeBron James, CarmeloAnthony and the other great scorers in the league. With Mbah a Moute easing his way back from a turf toe injury, Marquis Daniels picked up the slack Thursday and scored 16 points on the other end of the floor.
Daniels hounded Bryant all night, forcing the Lakers' star into a 6-of-17 shooting night. The Bucks were able to play better team defense because Daniels and Mbah a Moute when he was in the game took care of Bryant and didn't need a double-team...