Kobe Spends Wednesday on the Other Side of a Courtroom
The Associated Press reported yesterday that Kobe Bryant was released from jury duty after serving for several hours. Bryant believed he would be a fair juror, saying that “Everyone has to do their duty.” But he was ultimately not needed in the case.
This was likely the first time Kobe suited up for a legal court- rather than a basketball court- since his infamous 2004 rape trial. The charges were eventually dropped, but it did damage to his reputation for some time. However, I mostly remember how he played absolutely out of his mind- or as Dave Chappelle once put it, “like his freedom depended on it-” during the time of the trial. Though Kobe shot a mere 38% from the field in the Lakers’ 5-game defeat against Detroit in the 2004 NBA Finals, he can hardly be blamed for the collectively poor effort from L.A. in that series. He averaged 24.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists during the 2004 playoffs, with several outstanding performances. Here are some highlights from just one of those games from that year, a 42-point attack against then-defending champion San Antonio.
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