Kobe Bryant with the vintage baseline 180 dunk on Matt Barnes | Full highlights vs Clippers
“If you can’t get excited about trying to defend against him, then you’re in the wrong business.” said Chris Paul about guarding Kobe.
One player who has been in the business of trying to defend Kobe for the past few years has been Matt Barnes and you can add this dunk to the Matt Barnes can’t mess with Kobe Bryant archive.
A favorite clip from the archives among Kobe fans took place back in 2010 when Barnes tried to play tough with Kobe by acting like he was going to throw the ball in Kobe’s face and Bryant didn’t even flinch.
3 years later a jersey chewing Bryant dropped 16 of his 38 points in the 4th quarter on Barnes and the Clippers which included this highlight of Kobe crossing over Barnes and then hitting a clutch jumper.
Then we have the dunk from last night. So what if the Lakers lost (not surprising). So what if Kobe only made 6 of 15 shots and was just awful in the 4th (a little surprising). This surprising vintage Black Mamba baseline move and dunk on Matt Barnes is worth praising.