Overhead video of the famous Matt Barnes-Kobe Bryant no-flinch inbound emerged today, showing Kobe was actually standing to the side of Barnes:
The new angle has become the most discussed NBA topic of the day. Even Kobe has weighed in.
Even with his swaying, Kobe didn’t get directly in front of Barnes for the pass fake.
The ball still came close to Kobe’s face. Some people would have flinched.
But this can no longer be seen as the legendary moment of Kobe staring down Barnes and refusing to blink at a ball coming straight for his face. It was something far more ordinary, even if still somewhat impressive.