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Gerald Wallace tried to get Kobe to shoot a free throw with his eyes closed

Nov 21, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Gerald Wallace, Deron Williams AP

Gerald Wallace is becoming my hero. And he had the right idea — if you’re going to get to Kobe Bryant, you appeal to his ego.

Wallace is a talker and the Nets forward was jawing at Kobe near the end of the Lakers win over the Nets Tuesday night. Twice in the final 17 seconds of the game Kobe was at the free throw line and the Nets needed a miss or two to make things easier. Wallace was talking — and he went after Kobe’s ego and competitiveness.

From Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

“I was trying to get him to close his eyes to shoot.”

Now remember, Michael Jordan is famous for hitting a free throw with his eyes closed, and we all know how much Bryant wants to be like Mike. So maybe there was a chance Bryant would play along.

Turns out he would’ve – for a steep price.

“I had to make a big bet,” Wallace said. “So I told him just shoot the free throws.”

Our own D.J. Foster thought Kobe mouthed “500” which could have meant $500,000. Classic Kobe. Just make it too rich for anyone else’s blood because outside Kevin Garnett and LeBron James, who has Kobe money to throw around?

But I come out of this loving Gerald Wallace even more. He is my hero now.

  1. cantonbound13 - Nov 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    We all know your hero & dream man is LeBron, Kurt.

    • circuscivics - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      LeBron is Kurt’s hero and wet dream.

      • mytthor - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        I find it hilarious that everyone thinks Kurt is some crazy LeBron lover when he came from a Lakers blog and is a lifetime Lakers fan.

        Calling someone a hero worshipper for saying the best player in the game IS the best player in the game is so silly.

  2. supremekingz - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    So what happened? Did he take the bet? Did he take the shot with his eyes closed? I didn’t watch the game but the suspense is getting to me! And if he did take the shot, did he make it?

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      Read much?

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      …..All your questions are mentioned in the article.

      Gerald Wallace challenged Kobe to take a shot with his eyes closed.

      Kobe found a way to get out of that challenge while humiliating his opponent (which is a slick move) – Kobe said he’d do it if Wallace were willing to bet $500,000 on the outcome.

      Wallace backed off, and Kobe didn’t take a shot with his eyes closed.

    • dannymac17 - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Wow @ you guys not knowing sarcasm.

      • mytthor - Nov 21, 2012 at 8:52 PM

        If your sarcasm isn’t recognized, it isn’t done well enough.

      • dannymac17 - Nov 22, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        thats a terrible excuse for not seeing it clear as day.

  3. iamjimmyjack - Nov 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    If u think Dwayne wade is the best shooting guard in the nba your on drugs.

  4. ebrownwareagle - Nov 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    It sounds like the classic pre-teen’ “If your so bad why don’t you close your eyes and do it!” As if he could do it (meaning Wallace)at any point in the game, let alone in crunch time himself. IMO sounds like he was posturing for a win at any cause, until the element of the Almighty $$$ came into play! Put up or shut up and Wallace Wallet wasn’t a match. And Kurt, you sound like the classic take my ball and leave kinda guy….

    • someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

      and you sound like a private school prick with perfectly manicured hands who lives on an allowance.

      • money2long - Nov 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM

        haha . sounds like u described carlton banks

  5. thelakeshow562 - Nov 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Too funny , your right not to many more dudes can put up 500k like that LAKERS #1

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