Smart Play of the Day: Kobe Bryant Heat Check Turn around jumper on “toughest defender” Tony Allen

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| March 26th, 2012 | 1,693 Views

When I watch Kobe Bryant play I always think about the scene in SpiderMan (or Matrix but I rather reference Spiderman because I hate the Matrix sequels) where a kid tries to punch Peter Parker and he watches the hand go past him in slow motion and then he punches the kid.  That’s how I think Kobe Bryant sees the defense.  Kobe just scored 2 baskets in the row and was giving Tony Allen a set of pump fakes and moves before taking a heat check shot by attempting a turn around jumpshot which of course went in.  My only explanation was that as fast and chaotic some plays are they are actually moving in slow motion for Kobe…despite being on fire…despite being guarded by  Tony Allen who Kobe once called the “toughest defender.”

Kobe also used his Spidey Sixth Sense to adjust and hit this left hand shot to end the 3rd quarter.

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