Kobe Was Allegedly Poisoned By New Jersey Mob During 2002 NBA Finals

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Back in 2002, the New Jersey Nets had zero chance against the Los Angeles Lakers and promptly got swept in four games.

Much like how we found out about Michael Jordan dealing with food poisoning and not the flu, Kobe Bryant may have had to deal with the same.

There’s a rumor that the Lakers legend was allegedly poisoned by a New Jersey mob.

Los Angeles Times wrote:

“Did you hear what really caused Kobe Bryant to come down with food poisoning? It was a New Jersey mob guy. It seems the Jersey mob has bet heavily that the Nets will win the NBA title.

So it was the mob that poisoned the infamous bacon cheeseburger Bryant ordered from room service in the Sacramento Hyatt the night before Game 2 of the Western Conference finals?”

Clearly it did not work as Bryant averaged 26.8 points in the four-game sweep against the Nets.

Shaquille O’Neal, who averaged 36 points and 12 rebounds in the Finals, was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.