Remembering The Legendary Kobe Bryant

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Records, Upsets, And Changes.


Another record for Kobe this time was an NBA record for three-pointers in January 7, 2003 game versus the Seattle Supersonics. He made 12 three-point shots. He averaged at least 30 points per game and embarked on a historic run of 40 or more points in 9 consecutive games. In the 2003-04 season, the Lakers were able to acquire Karl Malone and Gary Payton. With O’Neal and Bryant, the Lakers were on their way to another championship, or so it seemed. While they did reach the finals, they were upset in 5 games by the Detroit Pistons. Jackson’s contract as coach was not renewed, and Rudy Tomjanovich took over. O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Odom, Butler, and Grant. Kobe declined an offer to play for the LA Clippers, and re-signed a 7 year contract with the Lakers.