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J.R. Smith still haunted by foul of Kobe Bryant 13 years later

Kobe Bryant defends J.R. Smith during the 2009 Western Conference Finals. (Getty)

The scheduled retirement of Kobe Bryant’s Nos. 8 and 24 jerseys Monday night has surfaced a lot of stories about the Los Angeles Lakers great.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has one of the better ones.

Smith, like Bryant, came into the NBA straight out of high school as a long, athletic guard with no fear of shooting the ball.

But he quickly learned that there were a lot of differences between himself and the Mamba during his 2004-05 rookie season, and he shared a moment via Twitter on Monday.


Smith knew what was coming and was even given detailed scouting of what to expect. It didn’t do him any good. And it’s still fresh in his mind 13 years later.

Don’t worry, J.R. As the countless highlights making the internet rounds attest, you’re far from the only player that Bryant made look silly.

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