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Jackass: Refused to Shoot in Playoffs to Prove His Point

When: 5/6/2006

After being criticized for his shot selection and lack of teamwork, Bryant has sent messages to his teammates—often to their detriment. The most notable example happened during Game 7 of the 2006 first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers had a 3-1 lead and Kobe was fresh off a 50-point performance in a Game 6 loss. He scored 23 points in the first half on 8-13 shooting with the Lakers losing by 15. In Game 7 Bryant seemingly refused to take charge offensively. He took only three shots in the second half and the Lakers lost by 31.

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