Kobe Bryant was set to take part in the three-point contest at the NBA All-Star Weekend in 2008 until he had to pull out of the competition due to a dislocated pinkie on his right hand.
However, it sounds as if Bryant may be open to competing in the shooting event in New York City next year.
Bryant, who will be 36-years-old by the time next year’s All-Star Weekend rolls around, is a career 33 percent shooter from three – in 2002-03 he was a career-best 38 percent from deep – though he’s actually a better three-point shooter than his statistics indicate.
Kobe has taken a lot of contested threes over his career – for example, he’ll launch a shot when the clock is running low or when he’s trying to get the Lakers back into a game late in the fourth quarter – and those tough looks start to add up after 18 years in the league.
And, of course, Kobe thinks he can do better than the current reigning champion Marco Belinelli who threw up a few bricks and air balls before catching fire and winning the competition last night.
Bryant has competed in two other All-Star Saturday night events in the past: The Slam Dunk Contest in 1997 – which he won – and the Skills Challenge in 2007.