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Fan Pays Over $23,000 To Play HORSE With Kobe Bryant

Posted by Craig Parsons on 7/3/2012 4:49:41 PM

Sports betting players will see and hear some wild things in the course of their playing days, and nothing should surprise anyone anymore in this day and age. People will pay extraordinary amounts of money to hang out with their favorite stars, and recently, a person just ponied up over $23,000 for the right to have one game of HORSE with a future Hall of Famer.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has been doing a lot of good work for charity as of late, and he put up the mask that he wore when he suffered a broken nose up for auction, netting more than $67,000 for the foundation he and his wife, Vanessa, set up for homeless youths. He has continued his charitable ways as Bryant teamed up with eBay to give fans the chance to play a game of HORSE with him on July 2nd at his Basketball Academy in Santa Barbara.

If you’re not familiar with the game of HORSE, players try all types of shots from simple jumpers to difficult lay-ups, and if the player makes it, the others have to replicate it or else they earn a letter. If you end up spelling HORSE, then you are out of the game and it keeps going until there is only one player left standing. This is now played at NBA All-Star Weekend and NBA betting players can find odds for it in their sportsbook now.

The winning bid was $23,200 after starting at $500, and only seven people bid as many probably figured that they had no shot, which you didn’t unless you were willing to bid that much. It was a very good cause and the proceeds will once again go to the Bryants’ foundation to help stop youth homelessness, and it further strengthened their relationship with eBay, who ran the first auction for Bryant’s mask, which set the internet on fire and spawned a slew of Photoshop parodies.

It is also a good thing for Bryant to get himself into a good mood after the Lakers were rolled out of the playoffs by the eventual Western Conference champions from Oklahoma City, and he is also preparing to help the United States men’s national team win another gold medal at the Olympics in London this summer, so it’s good for Bryant to get himself into a positive state of mind. The game of HORSE will be played at his camp, which is for children ages eight to 18 and runs every year, and it shows a human side of Bryant as the fans usually see the cold-blooded killer that has helped the Lakers win five rings during his time in the NBA, which he entered as a high school player.

That being said, don’t think for a second that Bryant is going to take it easy on the winning bidder, because that is what makes Bryant an automatic lock for the Hall of Fame when his career is finished. There may not be a more competitive player in the league than Bryant, who continues to put up fantastic numbers as he finished second to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant in the scoring race, averaging 27.9 points and 38.5 minutes per game over the last season as he approaches his 34th birthday on August 23rd. They don’t call Bryant “The Black Mamba” for no reason, and he isn’t going to simply let the winning bidder win, especially on his court at his camp. There is a video you can find on the internet of Bryant playing rapper Bow Wow for $1,000, which was instigated by Bow Wow on Twitter, and Bryant absolutely annihilated the rapper twice, including one game in which there were only jumpers allowed. Bryant trash-talked throughout both games, then took the money and split it among the counselors that worked at his camp. Bryant is as competitive an athlete as you’ll find, and losing isn’t an option for him.

However, the winner of the auction will probably just be happy to be on the same court with Bryant and you would think that the person that won is just doing it for the fun and the chance to meet someone that they admire (you would think). NBA players play HORSE to end practices all the time and you can find various videos online of players trying trick shots. That being said, it would be very interesting to see the line for a HORSE matchup between Bryant and the winner in your online betting book.

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