Shane Battier on why he defended Kobe Bryant with a hand to the face | NBA on ESPN

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Longtime Houston Rockets forward Shane Battier sits down with ESPN's Jorge Sedano to discuss what it was like playing against Kobe Bryant and how trying to stop Kobe was unlike any other player in the NBA. Battier also reflects on why he defended Kobe with a hand to the face.
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Jan 23, 2021




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Prince K
Prince K 4 days ago
Its crazy that he gets notoriety for the hand in the face when thats how u post to contest a shot
Ramon Williams Jr
Got on the Trekz. Now I know how muffled I sound
Aaron Wimbish
Aaron Wimbish 6 days ago
That’s that good duke education lol
uropy 6 days ago
This guy put his hand on someone’s face AFTER the ball is ALREADY thrown out. What a genius!!
yaboy the kid
yaboy the kid 7 days ago
This my boy right here!!! I only caught your twilight years on the heat but you still are one of my favorite players!
Troy Johnson
Troy Johnson 8 days ago
Die hard Lakers fan, and always loved Shane Battier. Dude was even goated in 2k too 😂
Alex T
Alex T 10 days ago
Oh yeah I remember this guy. He had the weirdest hairline. Hahahaha
Ian C
Ian C 12 days ago
Miss you Vino!
Real Montana
Real Montana 14 days ago
He said Kobe won 24 SHANES TEAM WON 20 😂😂😂 disrespect
Portal produced it
Portal produced it 15 days ago
Mamba forever 🐍♾
blank man
blank man 15 days ago
He knew , that I knew. That he knows, how I know, how he knew that i knew, he knows 🤔🤔🤔🤔😳😂
D. Jackson
D. Jackson 16 days ago
Shane would clamp down the opposing teams best scorer nightly
Frank Z
Frank Z 16 days ago
“I’m a human yellow light” 💀💀
Vaughn Bryant
Vaughn Bryant 18 days ago
There battles were art
Shawn John
Shawn John 18 days ago
That Tmac story was legendary
Catcher Freeman
Catcher Freeman 19 days ago
I always thought Shane was going to be a politician
djata ras
djata ras 19 days ago
if yao didnt get injured. houston would have beat the lakers
Eric Mancia
Eric Mancia 20 days ago
I always enjoyed Kobe playing against battier because he played the game right no dirty tactics no talking just hard work much respect
This dude is a pest on defense
Rob Risley
Rob Risley 22 days ago
Great interview
Rogelio Gonzalez
Rogelio Gonzalez 22 days ago
I always thought Battier was gonna play for the Lakers at one point in his career
James Williams
James Williams 23 days ago
The Crimson Chin character seem to be a depiction of the now 60 year old Shane Battier
kmusic 24 days ago
Haha.. he knew how to play the game...That's how it's done...Play against the player psychology haha Don't wake the beast up
Terrance Lumpkin
Terrance Lumpkin 24 days ago
I went to the game in Memphis one night and saw that Shane was not playing so I told my Kobe going for 50 tonight and he did lol lot of respect for Shane tho.
Alex Schultheis
Alex Schultheis 24 days ago
Get rid of those bs picture sound effects
Hayden H
Hayden H 25 days ago
I could hear the Kobe stories from fellow players all day. I'd be crying but I'd manage. I fell off of basketball when Kobe retired because all the guys I idolized or despised had retired. Really brings back memories seeing these guys again and hearing their treasured memories.
Ser Davos Seaworth
Ser Davos Seaworth 25 days ago
I echo your sentiments.
Louis 25 days ago
bees in the what now?
"hand in the face" topic starts at 4:45
Ernest Spriggs
Ernest Spriggs 25 days ago
One of the greatest defensive players of all time. Salute Shane!
Jake Aloha
Jake Aloha 25 days ago
So much going on that won't be seen on box-score where fanboys tend to look at and make their conclusion. To me, the whole point of this competition is to win championship (ring/trophy) not to build up individual stats only. So, in anyway to get it matters: whether attacking, scoring, defending, passing, mind-game, trash talking, etc. Like Mj, Kobe did it and won 5x. What's beautiful about it is that he started from nothing. The team was not given to him like some superstars. He gained his spot, reputation & eventually became a champion. He did it all in one team... went through ups & downs. No shortcut, no going around other teams, no calling other great players just to win easy. He did it the right way!
segubiep 25 days ago
4:27 - When you’re trying to finish your laundry, but there’s a Lakers game in your living room
CuberZed 25 days ago
Nice one!
Dwidwi Etienne
Dwidwi Etienne 26 days ago
Kobe was mad that day wow Shane did his thing , I remembered that game like he was yesterday
GeniusMrRemyd 26 days ago
A true professional - NOT A LAME JCOLE!!
Fade Away
Fade Away 27 days ago
Everyone has a Goat. Kobe is my Goat.
Gucci Slippers
Gucci Slippers 28 days ago
Humble guy
QUENTIN30 CDUB 29 days ago
He did all the great players like that
Gucci 2tymes
Gucci 2tymes Month ago
Great story need more roses 🌹 like this
Ed Gonzalez
Ed Gonzalez Month ago
As a rockets fan I started doing that " hand in the face" on defense lol, still do!
koog008 Month ago
i miss kobe. nba was fun to watch when he played.
PRIS Month ago
"He's done, I'm just getting started" - Kobe Bean Bryant
Jonathan lopez
Jonathan lopez Month ago
Let's keep it real, he used the hand to the face cause he wasn't athletic enough to reach the ball, Facts!
No Lies Allowed
No Lies Allowed Month ago
That T-Mac story makes me MISS Kobe even MORE!!!!
Rocket City Rob
Rocket City Rob Month ago
This is a good interview. Shane to me was always a smooth guy but tough throughout his career
Metalheart 1024
Metalheart 1024 Month ago
He's done, i'm just getting started. 🐍🐍
Rick Don
Rick Don Month ago
You know what this always makes me realize, That the media and current fans want to crown lebron as the second best player in history only behind Jordan. If you ask most nba players who was better?, most will tell you Kobe will be their guy they would choose. His skill level was obviously next level, his mental game however,... UNMATCHED!!! Mamba mentality was legit for the originator.
Stephen Kinq
Stephen Kinq Month ago
The unassuming Guy , who knows how to hoop and do it very well. Shane B
michael blue
michael blue Month ago
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Pedro Arias
Pedro Arias Month ago
Respect for all players, been around the nba since I was 6 I’m 33now .. there is no Kobe stoppers , there isn’t not jay, not lebron, ..........
Leonard Barfied
Leonard Barfied Month ago
Timothy Barber
Timothy Barber Month ago
I’ve been a Duke fan my whole life Shane has always been my favorite player he is a great person a great role model
water melon
water melon Month ago
In the future Jason Terry, JJ Barea the lebron stopper😂
Zach Hilton
Zach Hilton Month ago
The Hollywood hills-the real kobe stopper
Gautam Sane
Gautam Sane Month ago
Rockets need to hire this man in some capacity. I absolutely admired his analytical approach to defense
abbsnn cose
abbsnn cose Month ago
Shane was a revolutionary defender and pioneered the hand in the face in the face defense players utilized today.
Joneses Ente
Joneses Ente Month ago
James would flop on this hand in the face hahaha
abbsnn cose
abbsnn cose Month ago
What incredibly beautiful insight this interview provided. Great questions by the interviewer, and great storytelling by SB.
Phantom Freeze
Phantom Freeze Month ago
so Curry saw Kobe chewin his gum halfway out n started doin tha same wit his mouth guard
abbsnn cose
abbsnn cose Month ago
James Posey, Courtney Lee, Raja Bell, Bruce Bowen, Doug Christie, Tayshaun Prince and Andre Kirilenko next.
alvaro blasi
alvaro blasi Month ago
@ dall italia
abbsnn cose
abbsnn cose Month ago
I am glad I saw Kobe play in my lifetime. We miss you Kobe.
LedGuitar1218 Month ago
Battier is a good dude
Rokesh Gurung
Rokesh Gurung Month ago
No one could guard Kobe till he retired. Mamba mentality🙌
Antoine Mcgahee
Antoine Mcgahee Month ago
Shane was a pure shooter no 🧢
miko foin
miko foin Month ago
respect for Battier and Artest and wanted to see them as Lakers, so glad we at least got Artest. Artest was the reason we beat the Celtics.
Jason Wolfe
Jason Wolfe Month ago
Kobe was going to Duke had he decided to go to college. He and Shane would have been teammates.
Jason Wolfe
Jason Wolfe Month ago
He's saying that Kobe took it personal. Where have we heard this before?
Jason Wolfe
Jason Wolfe Month ago
Who's your Daddy?!
Paul N
Paul N Month ago
Always love his game ! Calm , cool, and a great defender
bilinas mini
bilinas mini Month ago
There should be quotations in the intro on stoppers -> “stoppers”
Eric Gershon
Eric Gershon Month ago
I wish we appreciated greats like Kobe this much before they're gone
Satans Pit
Satans Pit Month ago
Man as a duke fan. Shane one of my all-time favorites.
Benny Tao
Benny Tao Month ago
Ilove Kobe but I think Shane was better than Tony Allen at guarding Kobe.
bilinas mini
bilinas mini Month ago
A "human yellow light" lol. Battier is alright. Thanks for the memories.
What incredibly beautiful insight this interview provided. Great questions by the interviewer, and great storytelling by SB.
UP UP AND AWAY Month ago
I am glad I saw Kobe play in my lifetime. We miss you Kobe.
senni bgon
senni bgon Month ago
Solid guy.
SB100 Month ago
KB was a genius
senni bgon
senni bgon Month ago
Seriously why tf are we in 2021 and ESPN is still using music beds for videos? So f’n annoying and distracting
jungan lee
jungan lee Month ago
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senni bgon
senni bgon Month ago
faced Battier.
Nick Schooler
Nick Schooler Month ago
Mad love for Barrier, he was the only one that caused Kobe real problems, and because of that it appears Kobe had real respect for him. After the Houston series I had made respect for Battier and Artest and wanted to see them as Lakers, so glad we at least got Artest. Artest was the reason we beat the Celtics.
Madman Month ago
Even Kobe passes, battier still pay the highest respect for him
senni bgon
senni bgon Month ago
He do look the same
ethan hunt
ethan hunt Month ago
kobe said it himself when you put that hand in the face of the shooter it bothers them
ethan hunt
ethan hunt Month ago
@B mac ain't nobody talking about shane bruh kobe said many times while teaching how to play defense against the best shooters in the league the only thing you can do is put that hand in his face and hope he misses
B mac
B mac Month ago
he said it never bothered him when Shane did it. the first person I saw do that was Kenyon martin in the 2002 NBA finals who touched Kobe's face while he was shooting and he still hit nothing but the net.
Ted Jordan
Ted Jordan Month ago
Game within the game within the game.
Alexander Tsai
Alexander Tsai Month ago
Love this interview 😂
NMA_ YT Month ago
Humble defensive beast
magron1987 Month ago
I love when the Shane Battiers and Tony Allens of the world tell stories about the greats, because they were in the fire against them. They know who is for real real. And they all agree Kobe was the truth. Anything analysts and haters say can't compare to that.
Gary Becks
Gary Becks Month ago
"human yellow light' F'ing classic!
Omar Q
Omar Q Month ago
A "human yellow light" lol. Battier is alright. Thanks for the memories.
Edgar Lopez
Edgar Lopez Month ago
He only avoided getting a new one ripped by Kobe by being docile lol
yana paris
yana paris Month ago
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Cris Fantom
Cris Fantom Month ago
Seriously why tf are we in 2021 and ESPN is still using music beds for videos? So f’n annoying and distracting
Stefan Lewis
Stefan Lewis Month ago
Solid guy.
William Marseille jr
Shane was very underrated with great defense and a nice 3 point shot
butti fdft
butti fdft Month ago
T la meilleur, on t adore ???
Prince Samuels
Prince Samuels Month ago
He knew that you knew that he knew, Love the emphasis With all description, Ballislife Favorite athlete all time Love of the game Mind over matter , Shane Battier is A infamous defender well describe
Noelz Energy
Noelz Energy Month ago
He do look the same
Sean Johnson
Sean Johnson Month ago
That's something I've heard a lot from player's that faced Kobe that he never talked trash while he was destroying them.
butti fdft
butti fdft Month ago
Amazing video man
Codey Snow
Codey Snow Month ago
Shane Battier applying to Duke "I am 12" "***** you at least 30" 😂💀
serdy ximi
serdy ximi Month ago
Kobe Rose
Kobe Rose Month ago
Shane was such a humble defender...Tony Allen, Bruce Bowen, Shane Battier, Tayshaun Prince, James Posey, Ron Artest , Doug Christie good defenders 👌
Milos Kovac
Milos Kovac Month ago
lowkey using ur hand could help u improve a good amount on D.
Brian Le
Brian Le Month ago
Shane also had 2 inches on Kobe. Which made it a bit more challenging for Kobe to shoot over Shane at times.
serdy ximi
serdy ximi Month ago
which made it all funnier. Hahaha
Starving Samoan
Starving Samoan Month ago
Life long laker fan here, we used to clown on shane battier and his hand-in-the-face attempts at guarding Kobe, Kobe almost always torched him, but you can't hate Shane Battier, he's a good dude.
Alejandro ponce
Alejandro ponce Month ago
Mental game is almost half the game I swear kobe underrated all time imo hes top 3
Reggie Campay
Reggie Campay Month ago
:( kobe.
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