Chauncey Billups revealed why Kobe Bryant was crying after making it to the 2009 NBA Finals

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Kobe Bryant was so determined to win a championship without Shaquille O'Neal to the point that his emotions oftentimes consumed him.

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the competition between the two was about who would win more championships independent from each other. 

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O'Neal drew first blood by winning a ring with the Miami Heat in 2006, so at that time,

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the pressure only grew on Kobe to prove that he too could win without The Diesel.

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No one pressured Bryant more than he did himself, to the point that it overwhelmed him so much that

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he was caught in tears when he walked off the court after making it to the 2009 NBA Finals.

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According to former NBA player Chauncey Billups, who faced Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 Western Conference Finals,

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the Black Mamba was in tears after the Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets because he wanted to win so badly.

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Another trip to the NBA Finals without O'Neal meant so much to Bryant, which is why his emotions sometimes got the best of him.

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"He was so determined to win the championship without Shaq. It was Game 6, the game got away, checked the starters out. 

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So they checking us out, I go up to him and tell him, 'Good luck, good job.' He was crying, bro. Crying, like tears crying.

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He was so happy to be going to the Finals," Billups said in his latest appearance on the All the Smoke podcast.

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