Bryant reportedly said in a Chris Ballard Sports Illustrated article this summer that Williams should've kept shooting instead of stopping after nine attempts from the field, in which Williams missed all nine shots.
The comments came from Gotham Chopra, the director of “Kobe Bryant’s Muse," an upcoming documentary on Bryant:
“Deron Williams went like 0-for-9. I was like, ‘Can you believe Deron Williams went 0-9?’ Kobe was like, ‘I would go 0-30 before I would go 0-9. 0-9 means you beat yourself, you psyched yourself out of the game, because Deron Williams can get more shots in the game. The only reason is because you've just now lost confidence in yourself.’
On Sunday, The Brooklyn Game published comments from Williams in which he explained his reasoning for capping his field goal attempts at nine that game:
“I’m a point guard,” Williams said about adopting Bryant’s mentality. “If I’m 0-for-f******-9, I’m not shooting 20 more shots. Not going to happen. I’m a point guard. I’m going to find somebody else. Kobe Bryant, that’s what he’s supposed to do. He’s got that mentality. That works for him, I got my mentality, it works for me.”
- Marc Weinreich