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Kobe Bryant and Gerald Wallace took trash talk to another level on Tuesday night.credit: blogs.ocweekly.com
The Los Angeles Lakers opened the Mike D’Antoni era with a 5 point win over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. It’s a solid win for a team who started the year out sluggishly, considering the Nets are thought to be one of the better teams in the league this year.
Of course, Nets/Knicks means a battle between Gerald Wallace and Kobe Bryant. Wallace tends to be the primary defender against Kobe whenever the two play against each other, and it’s always a great show. Kobe is obviously a great offensive player, but “Crash” always gives him a run for his money defensively. His athleticism and length make him one of the better options in the league to try to slow down the Black Mamba.
Last night, things apparently got taken to another level. Gerald Wallace tried to play the mental game with Bryant to get him off his game.
Via the New York Daily News:
With the game on the line Tuesday night and Kobe Bryant at the charity stripe, Wallace began jawing with the Laker great.
What was Wallace talking about?
“I was trying to get him to close his eyes to shoot.”
Now remember, Michael Jordan is famous for hitting a free throw with his eyes closed, and we all know how much Bryant wants to be like Mike. So maybe there was a chance Bryant would play along.
Turns out he would’ve – for a steep price.
“I had to make a big bet,” Wallace said. “So I told him just shoot the free throws.”
This is pretty ridiculous to think about, but does anything involving Kobe Bryant really surprise us anymore? I wouldn’t have been shocked to see Kobe go to the line for two free throws and knock them down with his eyes closed. You know, just because he’s Kobe Bryant.
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