Shane Battier’s Great Defense on Kobe (2007)

LamarMatic December 1, 2011 4

Shane Battier could be the best defensive player (talking about guards, swingmen) of the last decade. My attempt at an video of him guarding Kobe, who frequently struggled against Shane and shot with a low percentage. Battier holds Kobe to 27 points on 26 field goals, however this stat could have even been more impressive, if even I, as a Lakers fan, have to admit that the referees helped Bryant a little. Some fishy calls called against Shane… I love the fact that during the 7 minutes when Battier was off Kobe, Bryant scored 18 points (3/6 FG, 11/14 FT). October 30, 2007.

The video is blocked in USA and Puerto Rico. Sorry, tried to go the dispute route, however it seems like it only works for music.

Well, at least you can watch these two silly videos.

Andrew Bynum starts off his break-out season (it’s 2007-08, the year everything went great until Bynum got injured… oh wait, that has happened more than once… the season of the Gasol trade) by arriving late for the season opener and getting fined by Phil Jackson.

Worst free throw attempt ever. Period.



  1. nmac December 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    One of the most impressive defensive performances I have ever seen. Shane was in a zone, getting a hand in Kobe’s face on almost every attempt and not giving him any room to operate. It was very hard to watch as a Lakers/Kobe fan, but I couldn’t help but be awestruck by Shane’s effectiveness. He never locked Kobe up like that again though!

  2. nmac December 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    That’s the game where Skip was messing with Sasha at the end? Kobe was just playing like shit, used to happen sometimes during the old ‘Let’s get the ball to Kobe and hope he’s on’ days.

    • LamarMatic December 2, 2011 at 4:44 am - Reply

      Nice one, I didn’t realize that. It has to be the same game.

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