Richard Jefferson recalls old Kobe Bryant story on not passing the ball during Lakers game
Richard Jefferson joined the TV booth for the Brooklyn Nets’ hosting of the Los Angeles Lakers. As the game went on, the former NBA champion recalled one Kobe Bryant story that fondly rests in his memory.
Richard Jefferson with a tremendous Kobe story just now on @NetsonYes: Kobe fouled while releasing ball. Refs unsure whether to call shooting or non-shooting foul. According to RJ, Kobe tells refs, “I haven’t passed the ball all night.” Refs agree, give him the free throws.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) December 19, 2018
Richard Jefferson spent 17 years in the NBA and announced his retirement this past October. Jefferson played a key part in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA championship. Jefferson made a name for himself by way of his athleticism and gravity-defying escapades. However, he’s actually one of the most efficient shooters of all time, being 99th in true shooting with a 56.7 percent. On his career, he averaged 12.6 points, four rebounds, and two assists a game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field.
Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, is a top ten all-time NBA legend and the second best shooting guard behind Michael Jordan. Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, five-time NBA champion, two-time scoring champion, 15-time All-NBA teamer, 12-time All-Defensive team member, and the list of accolades goes on and on.
Bryant spent his entire career with the Lakers and is known for his penchant which is the “Mamba Mentality.” His decision to always take shots he thought he could hit inspired a generation of NBA fans and future players. For his career, Bryant averaged 25 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the field.