Shane Battier used to do everything he could to stop Kobe from scoring but but never succeeded.
(2009) Kobe puts on a midrange clinic en route to a 41-point night.
(2009) Kobe Bryant puts on a midrange clinic en route to a 41-point night!
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Longtime Houston Rockets forward Shane Battier revealed the reason why he infamously defended Kobe Bryant with a hand to the face. The defensive specialist had plenty of wars with the Los Angeles Lakers great during his time in the league, and he insists defending Bryant like that wasn’t a matter of blocking his vision.