Episode 8:

Kobe Bryant faced Shane Battier dozens of times throughout his career, and while Kobe usually got the best of him, Shane knew how to make Kobe work harder on many of his shots.

Shane Battier was a 3-time Defensive Player of the Year in college, and as a rookie he tested his strength and defensive ability against the best player in the NBA at the time. Without Shaq, perhaps Kobe would have to work harder, and the Grizzlies would be able to contain him easier, right…?

Not on this night. The Grizzlies tried Shane on Kobe, they tried doubling, tripling at times, and even put Pau on Kobe to attempt to use the extra length to bother his jumpers. But Kobe was too fast, too skilled, and too motivated on this night.

Unfortunately for any good defender, doing a good job on Kobe sometimes made no difference, because a lot of his misses were unrelated to the defense. Kobe unleashed 56 points on Battier in 3 quarters, and set a new career high at the time. This was one of the 4 or 5 times in Kobe’s career that he could have easily reached 70 points (not including the one time he did).

Now that both players have retired, they would likely show each other a lot of respect for their efforts in their many battles. Shane has given props to Kobe on many occasions, calling him the greatest competitor he ever faced, and his favorite player to go against. Battier reminisced about the 56 point game and said Kobe would have easily scored 70 that game, and possibly set his future career high on that night.

Shane later said he was happy Kobe’s 81-point game came later in his career and not against him.

I know some of you have been asking for longer episodes, so I made this one a little longer. This was one of my favorite performances by Kobe, and I believe it is really underrated. Kobe finished 21/34 from the field with 56 points, putting up 18, 18, and 20 for each quarter. It’s hard to say that he wouldn’t have easily dropped another 18-20 in the 4th, and the only question would be whether or not he would have gotten to 80.

Music by Joseph Jacobs.

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36 Comments

dy120481

July 7, 2020

Met Battier at a bar in Houston around 2010. He was a good dude, and brutally honest. I asked who the hardest dude to guard was and before I could even finish my question he said "KOBE". I asked about Lebron, McGrady, etc… and Battier said "Dude, it's not even close" and went on to explain how and why Kobe was hands down the best player he'd ever played against. It was a really cool moment.

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Jonathan Poto

July 7, 2020

Missing their #2 option in O'neal**

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Travis Maxwell

July 7, 2020

RIP 💔🙏😢 Kobe

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Lnn

July 7, 2020

THE BEST EvER! EvERRR

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Amroe Loks

July 7, 2020

Great video bro love the Kobe series , btw where do you get the beats for ur videos , I would love to just hear a playlist all day

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Patrick Sale

July 7, 2020

Phill Jackson did a lot of good,but also a lot of bark to Kobe’s career. How many time have he set Kobe down 4th quarter and ruin history .

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Terrance Mann

July 7, 2020

#kobe

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Done Gary

July 7, 2020

The end priceless

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Mars Lovejoy

July 7, 2020

It's hard to explain Kobe to ppl who didn't actually watch the games. The guy was a video game. He was a created player in his prime. You watched him for like 7 straight years snd knew he could just score 40 WHENEVER he wanted. Not a Durant 40 either. Not a quiet 40. Kobe would go on these runs where he scored 20+ in a quarter and Phil would sit him and you knew if he had the green light like Iverson he would have scored like 60. That's what the stats really don't show you. He'd score 40 and it wasnt even him going all out. It was a 40 where you knew he was just being held back. PLUS he was the primary perimeter defender and was really locking down his man. So it was just unfair. Alot of the stats just don't truly tell the story and that's why it's always weird talking to ppl who didn't watch Kobe in his prime because so many ppl hated that man who were from the Jordan era and either didn't really watch or matched with hate in their blood. The truth is if someone tells you Kobe was the greatest basketball player they've ever seen they aren't putting extras on it. They ate beating witness because the man was truly amazing and as much as ppl won't believe it he really didn't even chase stats. I remember him sitting out the entire 4th quarter against Dallas when he already had 62. P talk about the 81 but that game he would have scored 90 easy. I respect lebron and Jordan but Bean was mean. He did things that were damn near unreal and the most impressive thing was he always held back as not to rub it in. Which is just classy af. NYC.

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Nick

July 7, 2020

@5:15 that was fucking NASTY

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Lavar Wood

July 7, 2020

Lucky shaq miss that punch..lol

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lowrekus wardlow

July 7, 2020

KOBE GOAT BRYANT! That's what the goat do. 😎

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Danilo Abuda

July 7, 2020

KOBE IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE ,,,

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Daniyal Khan

July 7, 2020

This series has been fun to watch!

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TehutiBrim 59

July 7, 2020

Komin Brad seen that and weaved it nicely all students of the sweet science kan see it watch his left peripheral and move to the right

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Cameron Hayes

July 7, 2020

More episodes like this!!

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Juan Manuel

July 7, 2020

I thank you for such an amazing series on the goat kobe bryant. Your work shows how great of a player (and by the way a great person) kobe was. This new school nba kids got nothing on the mamba, his work ethic is second to none and plays both ends of the floor equally. Never throws a game away especially in playoff time.( cough cough james haren)

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PicoRico

July 7, 2020

Where's the next one……

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Premium Channel

July 7, 2020

What is the intro the beginning of the music?

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Jeffry Mok

July 7, 2020

I have a suggestion, you should try to make a special long-duration documentary about kobe and shaq, i heard that there was a great feud between them, but i have just known nba since 2011, so i would like to know the true story about them

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Sekou Murrell

July 7, 2020

Phil Jackson fxcked up so many records for Kobe. Just imagine him scoring 70+ at 23. C'mon, bruh

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Tobirama Senju

July 7, 2020

nobody stopn a prime kobe,, thts fact!!!

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Matthew Prescott

July 7, 2020

You should do a Raja Bell episode next. I absolute love this series, brother. Keep it going as long as you're still enjoying creating content in this particular vein. A Ray Allen or Rip Hamilton entry wouldn't be a bad one either, considering the long-standing rivalries that he had with both of them going back to AAU ball.

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andreyawesome

July 7, 2020

Great stuff, Rahul. Keep doing the videos! Appreciate it. Greetings from Russia

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andola jackson

July 7, 2020

11:10 this play though soo good 1 man fastbreak

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TheGGMan

July 7, 2020

Could you imagine how much more of a great Kobe would've been without the injuries he had? It's the one thing Lebron and Jordan will have over Kobe, they both managed to avoid major injuries and/or surgeries.

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DiLLy DiLLy

July 7, 2020

I give props to battie.. he was a great team player and defensive .

His defense on in was good, hands in the face every shot… well played

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Ali Ata Çiçek

July 7, 2020

I love these videos

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BBert yuh

July 7, 2020

remember watching the 2009 playoffs kobe owned battier

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Blk Johnny Bravo

July 7, 2020

Goat scorer and 1v1 player ever!!! Do the 56 he hung on mike and the wiz.

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joshua

July 7, 2020

The only players that come close to bringing people joy like kobe does when he plays are jordan probably AI and Steph Curry(last regular season). Kobe is always sensational….he has a bag of tricks and skills like no other had.

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Kastonius Prime

July 7, 2020

Love these bro. Keep em comin'.

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TheRealAndiBar

July 7, 2020

Love this series man!

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The life of J A K Williams

July 7, 2020

make another video

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James Taylor

July 7, 2020

YO… U GOT THAT UCE NATION BEAT IN THE BEGINNING. #WATSGUDUCE

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Shaiakh Amjad

July 7, 2020

Worst over-hand right ever thrown!

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