How Kobe Bryant once tried to ruin Thunder’s chemistry


The best part about Kobe Bryant retiring is we’re treated to all kinds of great stories about the Lakers star.

Take this one from the 2012 Olympics, when Kobe, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played for Team USA. The Thunder had just reached the NBA Finals, and Durant had just won his third straight scoring title. So, Kobe – still fancying the Lakers a contender – tried to poke at the underlying on-court tension between the Oklahoma City stars.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on Kobe:

He spent the summer imploring Westbrook that he couldn’t let Durant win another NBA scoring title, trying to send him back to Oklahoma City with gunning on his mind.

Ha! Classic Kobe.

Unfortunately for him, Westbrook and Durant share too close a bond for that to work. Durant lost the scoring title to Carmelo Anthony in 2012-13, but Westbrook actually shot less than year prior.

Still, you have to salute Kobe’s effort to find an edge.