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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  • Alex T
    Alex TDay ago

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

  • Ez Jitsu
    Ez Jitsu3 days ago

    Miss you Vino!

  • Real Montana
    Real Montana6 days ago

    He said Kobe won 24 SHANES TEAM WON 20 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ disrespect

  • Portal produced it
    Portal produced it6 days ago

    Mamba forever ๐Ÿโ™พ

  • blank man
    blank man7 days ago

    He knew , that I knew. That he knows, how I know, how he knew that i knew, he knows ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • D. Jackson
    D. Jackson7 days ago

    Shane would clamp down the opposing teams best scorer nightly

  • Frank Z
    Frank Z7 days ago

    โ€œIโ€™m a human yellow lightโ€ ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€

  • Vaughn Bryant
    Vaughn Bryant10 days ago

    There battles were art

  • Shawn John
    Shawn John10 days ago

    That Tmac story was legendary

  • Catcher Freeman
    Catcher Freeman10 days ago

    I always thought Shane was going to be a politician

  • djata ras
    djata ras10 days ago

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

  • Eric Mancia
    Eric Mancia11 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

  • Fred Marc Polestico
    Fred Marc Polestico12 days ago

    This dude is a pest on defense

  • Rob Risley
    Rob Risley13 days ago

    Great interview

  • Rogelio Gonzalez
    Rogelio Gonzalez14 days ago

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

  • James Williams
    James Williams14 days ago

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

  • kmusic
    kmusic15 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 Lumpkin15 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 Schultheis16 days ago

    Get rid of those bs picture sound effects

  • Hayden H
    Hayden H16 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

    16 days ago

    I echo your sentiments.

  • Louis
    Louis16 days ago


  • bees in the what now?
    bees in the what now?16 days ago

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

  • Ernest Spriggs
    Ernest Spriggs16 days ago

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

  • Jake Aloha
    Jake Aloha16 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
    segubiep17 days ago

    4:27 - When youโ€™re trying to finish your laundry, but thereโ€™s a Lakers game in your living room

  • CuberZed
    CuberZed17 days ago

    Nice one!

  • Dwidwi Etienne
    Dwidwi Etienne17 days ago

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

  • GeniusMrRemyd
    GeniusMrRemyd17 days ago

    A true professional - NOT A LAME JCOLE!!

  • Fade Away
    Fade Away18 days ago

    Everyone has a Goat. Kobe is my Goat.

  • Gucci Slippers
    Gucci Slippers19 days ago

    Humble guy

    QUENTIN30 CDUB20 days ago

    He did all the great players like that

  • Gucci 2tymes
    Gucci 2tymes22 days ago

    Great story need more roses ๐ŸŒน like this

  • Ed Gonzalez
    Ed Gonzalez22 days ago

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

  • koog008
    koog00823 days ago

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

  • PRIS
    PRIS23 days ago

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

  • Jonathan lopez
    Jonathan lopez23 days 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 Allowed23 days ago

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

  • Rocket City Rob
    Rocket City Rob24 days ago

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

  • Metalheart 1024
    Metalheart 102424 days ago

    He's done, i'm just getting started. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

  • Rick Don
    Rick Don24 days 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 Kinq24 days ago

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

  • michael blue
    michael blue24 days ago

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

  • Pedro Arias
    Pedro Arias25 days ago

    Respect for all players, been around the nba since I was 6 Iโ€™m 33now .. there is no Kobe stoppers , there isnโ€™t not jay, not lebron, ..........

  • Leonard Barfied
    Leonard Barfied25 days ago


  • Timothy Barber
    Timothy Barber26 days ago

    Iโ€™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 melon26 days ago

    In the future Jason Terry, JJ Barea the lebron stopper๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Zach Hilton
    Zach Hilton26 days ago

    The Hollywood hills-the real kobe stopper

  • Gautam Sane
    Gautam Sane27 days ago

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

  • abbsnn cose
    abbsnn cose27 days ago

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

  • Joneses Ente
    Joneses Ente27 days ago

    James would flop on this hand in the face hahaha

  • abbsnn cose

    abbsnn cose

    26 days ago

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

  • Phantom Freeze
    Phantom Freeze27 days ago

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

  • abbsnn cose

    abbsnn cose

    26 days ago

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

  • alvaro blasi
    alvaro blasi28 days ago

    @ dall italia

  • abbsnn cose

    abbsnn cose

    27 days ago

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

  • LedGuitar1218
    LedGuitar121828 days ago

    Battier is a good dude

  • Rokesh Gurung
    Rokesh Gurung28 days ago

    No one could guard Kobe till he retired. Mamba mentality๐Ÿ™Œ

  • Antoine Mcgahee
    Antoine Mcgahee29 days ago

    Shane was a pure shooter no ๐Ÿงข

  • miko foin

    miko foin

    28 days 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 Wolfe29 days ago

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

  • Jason Wolfe
    Jason Wolfe29 days ago

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

  • Jason Wolfe
    Jason Wolfe29 days ago

    Who's your Daddy?!

  • Paul N
    Paul N29 days ago

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

  • bilinas mini
    bilinas mini29 days ago

    There should be quotations in the intro on stoppers -> โ€œstoppersโ€

  • Eric Gershon
    Eric Gershon29 days ago

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

  • Satans Pit
    Satans Pit29 days ago

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

  • Benny Tao
    Benny Tao29 days ago

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

  • bilinas mini

    bilinas mini

    29 days ago

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

  • Let's Play Hardball
    Let's Play Hardball29 days ago

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

    DYLTHEVYL29 days ago

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

    UP UP AND AWAYMonth ago

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

  • senni bgon

    senni bgon

    29 days ago

    Solid guy.

  • SB100
    SB100Month ago

    KB was a genius

  • senni bgon

    senni bgon

    29 days ago

    Seriously why tf are we in 2021 and ESPN is still using music beds for videos? So fโ€™n annoying and distracting

  • jungan lee
    jungan leeMonth ago

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

  • senni bgon
    senni bgonMonth ago

    faced Battier.

  • Nick Schooler
    Nick SchoolerMonth 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
    MadmanMonth 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 huntMonth 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 JordanMonth ago

    Game within the game within the game.

  • Alexander Tsai
    Alexander TsaiMonth ago

    Love this interview ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • NMA_ YT
    NMA_ YTMonth ago

    Humble defensive beast

  • magron1987
    magron1987Month 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 BecksMonth ago

    "human yellow light' F'ing classic!

  • Omar Q
    Omar QMonth ago

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

  • Edgar Lopez
    Edgar LopezMonth ago

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

  • yana paris
    yana parisMonth ago

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  • Cris Fantom
    Cris FantomMonth ago

    Seriously why tf are we in 2021 and ESPN is still using music beds for videos? So fโ€™n annoying and distracting

  • Stefan Lewis
    Stefan LewisMonth ago

    Solid guy.

  • William Marseille jr
    William Marseille jrMonth ago

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

  • butti fdft
    butti fdftMonth ago

    T la meilleur, on t adore ???

  • Prince Samuels
    Prince SamuelsMonth 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 EnergyMonth ago

    He do look the same

  • Sean Johnson
    Sean JohnsonMonth 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 SnowMonth ago

    Shane Battier applying to Duke "I am 12" "***** you at least 30" ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’€

  • serdy ximi
    serdy ximiMonth ago


  • Kobe Rose
    Kobe RoseMonth ago

    Shane was such a humble defender...Tony Allen, Bruce Bowen, Shane Battier, Tayshaun Prince, James Posey, Ron Artest , Doug Christie good defenders ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  • Milos Kovac
    Milos KovacMonth ago

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

  • Brian Le
    Brian LeMonth 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

  • John Dean
    John DeanMonth 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 ponceMonth ago

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

  • Reggie Campay
    Reggie CampayMonth ago

    :( kobe.

  • wwjack215
    wwjack215Month ago

    Shane left the game a bit too early for me imo, he was a player I hated because he was great at what he did

  • Android 18
    Android 18Month ago

    My favorite match up always

  • Samuel B
    Samuel BMonth ago

    drowning in tears

  • Pmar Gar
    Pmar GarMonth ago

    Shane sucks

  • AlexStayFly20
    AlexStayFly20Month ago

    The fact that he remembers Kobes pull up jumper percentage shows he was that dedicated on guarding him. Lol dude was different