Watch: Jeremy Lin Almost Decapitated By Kobe Bryant
Jeremy Lin received some furious dressing downs from Kobe Bryant during his one-year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers last season. Who could ever forget the game against Memphis Grizzlies when Bryant let it rip at Lin for not fouling Michael Conley?Advertisement
Lin always had to work for Bryant’s approval. During the LinSanity Era, when Lin averaged 25.3 points and 8.3 assists during a week-long stretch, Bryant refused to acknowledge the young guard’s efforts by posing the question: “What the fudge is going on?”
On Monday night, Lin and Bryant went head-to-head for the first time this season. As expected, Lin aggressively pursued the match-up, playing some lockdown D on the retiring Laker legend. With 3:31 left in the game, and Lakers trailing 100-92, Lin guarded Bryant admirably and forced a few crucial misses. In fact, Lin was tasked with the job of guarding Bryant for most of the game.
However, the funniest part of the Lin-Bryant match-up came during the closing moments of the second quarter. With the scores tied at 57, Lin attacked the basket for an old-school layup, only to be denied with a behind-the-back block by Bryant. Slow motion replays suggested that Bryant took a nasty swipe at Lin and struck him in the face with a forearm.
Kobe Bryant dodges flagrant foul
Clearly, Bryant’s block attempt was half-ball and half-skull…. Or perhaps in Lin’s case, half-hair. The funny thing was that Bryant began arguing with the referees that he got all ball instead of getting a handful of Jeremy Lin’s world-famous Dragon Ball-esque hairstyle! If anything, Bryant dodged a flagrant foul! (Watch Video Above)
Prior to the game, Lin said Bryant deserved the adulation of a farewell tour. “You’re talking about an all-time great. Just somebody that deserves the recognition that he’s getting, and I’m glad that he is getting his farewell tour. It just seems like he’s really at peace with it and he’s given a lot to the game. This is kind of the one opportunity that everybody can appreciate what he’s done for the game.”
Jeremy Lin finished the game with a respectable tally of 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Kobe Bryant, in his last-ever outing in Charlotte, shot a paltry 5/20 from the field as the Lakers stumbled to a 5-27 record.