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

    Its crazy that he gets notoriety for the hand in the face when thats how u post to contest a shot

  • Ramon Williams Jr
    Ramon Williams Jr

    Got on the Trekz. Now I know how muffled I sound

  • Aaron Wimbish
    Aaron Wimbish

    That’s that good duke education lol

  • uropy

    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

    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

    Die hard Lakers fan, and always loved Shane Battier. Dude was even goated in 2k too 😂

  • Alex T
    Alex T

    Oh yeah I remember this guy. He had the weirdest hairline. Hahahaha

  • Ez Jitsu
    Ez Jitsu

    Miss you Vino!

  • Real Montana
    Real Montana

    He said Kobe won 24 SHANES TEAM WON 20 😂😂😂 disrespect

  • Portal produced it
    Portal produced it

    Mamba forever 🐍♾

  • blank man
    blank man

    He knew , that I knew. That he knows, how I know, how he knew that i knew, he knows 🤔🤔🤔🤔😳😂

  • D. Jackson
    D. Jackson

    Shane would clamp down the opposing teams best scorer nightly

  • Frank Z
    Frank Z

    “I’m a human yellow light” 💀💀

  • Vaughn Bryant
    Vaughn Bryant

    There battles were art

  • Shawn John
    Shawn John

    That Tmac story was legendary

  • Catcher Freeman
    Catcher Freeman

    I always thought Shane was going to be a politician

  • djata ras
    djata ras

    if yao didnt get injured. houston would have beat the lakers

  • Eric Mancia
    Eric Mancia

    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

    Great interview

  • Rogelio Gonzalez
    Rogelio Gonzalez

    I always thought Battier was gonna play for the Lakers at one point in his career

  • James Williams
    James Williams

    The Crimson Chin character seem to be a depiction of the now 60 year old Shane Battier

  • kmusic

    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

    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

    Get rid of those bs picture sound effects

  • Hayden H
    Hayden H

    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

      I echo your sentiments.

  • Louis


  • bees in the what now?
    bees in the what now?

    "hand in the face" topic starts at 4:45

  • Ernest Spriggs
    Ernest Spriggs

    One of the greatest defensive players of all time. Salute Shane!

  • Jake Aloha
    Jake Aloha

    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

    4:27 - When you’re trying to finish your laundry, but there’s a Lakers game in your living room

  • CuberZed

    Nice one!

  • Dwidwi Etienne
    Dwidwi Etienne

    Kobe was mad that day wow Shane did his thing , I remembered that game like he was yesterday

  • GeniusMrRemyd

    A true professional - NOT A LAME JCOLE!!

  • Fade Away
    Fade Away

    Everyone has a Goat. Kobe is my Goat.

  • Gucci Slippers
    Gucci Slippers

    Humble guy


    He did all the great players like that

  • Gucci 2tymes
    Gucci 2tymes

    Great story need more roses 🌹 like this

  • Ed Gonzalez
    Ed Gonzalez

    As a rockets fan I started doing that " hand in the face" on defense lol, still do!

  • koog008

    i miss kobe. nba was fun to watch when he played.

  • PRIS

    "He's done, I'm just getting started" - Kobe Bean Bryant

  • Jonathan lopez
    Jonathan lopez

    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

    That T-Mac story makes me MISS Kobe even MORE!!!!

  • Rocket City Rob
    Rocket City Rob

    This is a good interview. Shane to me was always a smooth guy but tough throughout his career

  • Metalheart 1024
    Metalheart 1024

    He's done, i'm just getting started. 🐍🐍

  • Rick Don
    Rick Don

    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

    The unassuming Guy , who knows how to hoop and do it very well. Shane B

  • michael blue
    michael blue

    The simplistic aftershave aditionally confuse because daisy invariably jail but a helpful ghana. impartial, peaceful flavor

  • Pedro Arias
    Pedro Arias

    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


  • Timothy Barber
    Timothy Barber

    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

    In the future Jason Terry, JJ Barea the lebron stopper😂

  • Zach Hilton
    Zach Hilton

    The Hollywood hills-the real kobe stopper

  • Gautam Sane
    Gautam Sane

    Rockets need to hire this man in some capacity. I absolutely admired his analytical approach to defense

  • abbsnn cose
    abbsnn cose

    Shane was a revolutionary defender and pioneered the hand in the face in the face defense players utilized today.

  • Joneses Ente
    Joneses Ente

    James would flop on this hand in the face hahaha

    • abbsnn cose
      abbsnn cose

      What incredibly beautiful insight this interview provided. Great questions by the interviewer, and great storytelling by SB.

  • Phantom Freeze
    Phantom Freeze

    so Curry saw Kobe chewin his gum halfway out n started doin tha same wit his mouth guard

    • abbsnn cose
      abbsnn cose

      James Posey, Courtney Lee, Raja Bell, Bruce Bowen, Doug Christie, Tayshaun Prince and Andre Kirilenko next.

  • alvaro blasi
    alvaro blasi

    @ dall italia

    • abbsnn cose
      abbsnn cose

      I am glad I saw Kobe play in my lifetime. We miss you Kobe.

  • LedGuitar1218

    Battier is a good dude

  • Rokesh Gurung
    Rokesh Gurung

    No one could guard Kobe till he retired. Mamba mentality🙌

  • Antoine Mcgahee
    Antoine Mcgahee

    Shane was a pure shooter no 🧢

    • miko foin
      miko foin

      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

    Kobe was going to Duke had he decided to go to college. He and Shane would have been teammates.

  • Jason Wolfe
    Jason Wolfe

    He's saying that Kobe took it personal. Where have we heard this before?

  • Jason Wolfe
    Jason Wolfe

    Who's your Daddy?!

  • Paul N
    Paul N

    Always love his game ! Calm , cool, and a great defender

  • bilinas mini
    bilinas mini

    There should be quotations in the intro on stoppers -> “stoppers”

  • Eric Gershon
    Eric Gershon

    I wish we appreciated greats like Kobe this much before they're gone

  • Satans Pit
    Satans Pit

    Man as a duke fan. Shane one of my all-time favorites.

  • Benny Tao
    Benny Tao

    Ilove Kobe but I think Shane was better than Tony Allen at guarding Kobe.

    • bilinas mini
      bilinas mini

      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.


    I am glad I saw Kobe play in my lifetime. We miss you Kobe.

    • senni bgon
      senni bgon

      Solid guy.

  • SB100

    KB was a genius

    • senni bgon
      senni bgon

      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

    The acidic quiver optically undress because peak gergely waste out a daily taiwan. fluttering, messy start

  • senni bgon
    senni bgon

    faced Battier.

  • Nick Schooler
    Nick Schooler

    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

    Even Kobe passes, battier still pay the highest respect for him

    • senni bgon
      senni bgon

      He do look the same

  • ethan hunt
    ethan hunt

    kobe said it himself when you put that hand in the face of the shooter it bothers them

    • ethan hunt
      ethan hunt

      @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

      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

    Game within the game within the game.

  • Alexander Tsai
    Alexander Tsai

    Love this interview 😂

  • NMA_ YT
    NMA_ YT

    Humble defensive beast

  • magron1987

    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

    "human yellow light' F'ing classic!

  • Omar Q
    Omar Q

    A "human yellow light" lol. Battier is alright. Thanks for the memories.

  • Edgar Lopez
    Edgar Lopez

    He only avoided getting a new one ripped by Kobe by being docile lol

  • yana paris
    yana paris

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  • Cris Fantom
    Cris Fantom

    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

    Solid guy.

  • William Marseille jr
    William Marseille jr

    Shane was very underrated with great defense and a nice 3 point shot

  • butti fdft
    butti fdft

    T la meilleur, on t adore ???

  • Prince Samuels
    Prince Samuels

    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

    He do look the same

  • Sean Johnson
    Sean Johnson

    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

      Amazing video man

  • Codey Snow
    Codey Snow

    Shane Battier applying to Duke "I am 12" "***** you at least 30" 😂💀

  • serdy ximi
    serdy ximi


  • Kobe Rose
    Kobe Rose

    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

    lowkey using ur hand could help u improve a good amount on D.

  • Brian Le
    Brian Le

    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

      which made it all funnier. Hahaha

  • Starving Samoan
    Starving Samoan

    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

    Mental game is almost half the game I swear kobe underrated all time imo hes top 3

  • Reggie Campay
    Reggie Campay

    :( kobe.