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Kobe Bryant final game: Gordon Hayward lane violation explanation

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“Kobe would have lost respect for me if I gave him something free”

There’s a video going viral on Twitter of an exceptionally brief moment involving Gordon Hayward in Kobe Bryant’s final game. But Hayward says it’s not what it looks like. 

Sportscaster Mike Tirico went on Ryen Russillo’s Ringer podcast to share his memories of Kobe, including Bryant’s final NBA game—the one where he scored 60 points against the Jazz. 

Tirico mentioned that, when Kobe stepped to the free throw line near the end of the game, Gordon Hayward stepped into the lane on the second shot in an apparent attempt to ensure Kobe another shot in case he missed it and was stuck at 59 points. A video of the moment with Tirico’s recollection has over 6 million views on Twitter. 

“That, to me, was the most unique example I could give people of the fraternity of the NBA,” Tirico said. “The reverence for greatness in the NBA is at a different level than any of the other sports that we watch or cover. It was like Gordon Hayward, his team losing in this game, they blew a lead—he had the complete wherewithal at 59 to jus put a foot in the lane and look over at the ref, just in case he missed it, to make sure Kobe got another shot at 60.” 

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