In a game against the Golden State Warriors near the close of the 2012–13 NBA season, Kobe Bryant tore his left Achilles tendon. After getting hurt, Bryant refused assistance and even scored two free throws.
Kobe Bryant refused to be carried to the locker room as a dig at Paul Pierce, according to Bryant’s longtime trainer Gary Vitti. On The Byron Scott Podcast in November 2021, Vitti discussed the questions Kobe Bryant had for him following the injury.
“He says to me, ‘I reached back there and try to pull it back down,'” Vitti said. “I’ve had a bunch of athletes since the beginning of my career rupture their Achilles, no one’s ever said that to me before. I don’t even know what he was thinking.”
“He’s walking almost the length of the court, at least 2/3 of the court, on a rupture Achilles. Then walking back to shoot the free throws, then walking all the way back to the training room. I’ve talked to him, it was pretty much as a shot at Paul Pierce.”
Paul Pierce hurt himself in Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals. Pierce had to be pushed in a wheelchair to the locker room but subsequently returned to fight Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers. In the end, the Boston Celtics took home the title.
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In the NBA, how many points has Kobe Bryant scored?
NBA legend Kobe Bryant, often known as the “Back Mamba” due to his stout play, was established in the year 1996. Kobe Bryant enjoyed a rather prosperous career at his time. In his 1,346 NBA games over the course of his career, which began with his 1996 draft, he averaged 25 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.
With 33,643 career points, he now ranks fourth on the NBA All-Time list. Above him is Karl Malone with 36,928 points, LeBron James with 38,000 points, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 38,387 points. Michael Jordan had 32,292 points.
In addition to this, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in 2006, behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 to become the second player ever to accomplish this feat. After that, in 2007, he accomplished the feat of scoring 20,000 points in a career at the youngest age. He went on to collect 25,000 points in 2010, becoming the youngest player to accomplish it at the time.
With 395 points on Christmas Day, Kobe Bryant surpassed all previous scorers. He was the first player to record 47 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals in 2013. Being in his 20th NBA season, LeBron James recently broke this record.
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