Chris Childs and Kobe Bryant haven’t fought in almost 17 years and yet, for some reason, people are still talking about it. This happened during a Knicks/Lakers game in April 200. Ever since then, Childs has maintained that he could have done a lot of damage to Kobe, saying he could have him a lot harder, and in an interview, he maintained that opinion.
He said, “If you watch the tape, he elbowed me twice. He started it. I looked at the ref and said, ‘Are you going to do something about this?’ He put his hands out like, ‘Whatever.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, no problem. I got this.’ We run up and down the court and I say, ‘Young fella, if you do that again, I’m going to take off on you.'”
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He continued, “And he said, ‘You aren’t going to do that.’ When you watch the tape, when he comes around a pick, he kind of lightweight head butts me to get off. Once he did that, he’s taller than me and I’m in striking distance. I took off on him. I didn’t want to knock him out, because I could have. But if I did, I’d still be suspended right now. I didn’t put the shoulder in or lean in to it. I didn’t want to hurt him.”
In the aftermath of this epic court brawl, Childs was suspended for two games and fined $15,000 while Kobe was suspended for one game and fined $5,000. Childs has since retired about fourteen years ago, so it seems we’ll never get to see a rematch, but I guess we can always just take his word for it that he would have won.
Hopefully, though, now that he’s done a full in-depth interview about it, we can finally let this topic of conversation die already.