After LeBron James’ horror end to the Lakers-Spurs overtime game this past week, missing two crucial free throws that would’ve given LA the buffer needed to perhaps send the game to a second overtime, Kobe Bryant fans instantly took to social media to compare James’ and Bryant’s end-of-game heroics, claiming the Black Mamba would never miss clutch free throws like that ever.
(There’s about another 100 examples on Twitter, if you want to look for yourself.)Well, the folks over at SB Nation have done some digging, and have actually found 10 examples of Kobe missing clutch free throws and the end of games that were integral to the end result.
The Lakers -- after Kobe’s two missed free throws -- did actually end up losing that game 91-88 to the Blazers, in a scenario that was eerily similar to LeBron’s against the Spurs.
Other than the above example though, SB Nation listed off another nine times since 2000 Kobe missed consecutive free throws in a two-possession or less game with a minute or less to play, and here they are:
“Here’s the list:
2002 Finals - Lakers up four with 42.7 seconds to play, he misses both