Kobe Bryant grew his legend when he calmly rocked back and forth without flinching as Matt Barnes faked an inbound pass at point blank range toward Kobe’s face during a 2010 Lakers-Magic game.
But apparently Kobe wasn’t actually in front of Barnes.
Rob Perez of The Action Network:
Barnes later said he didn’t realize at the time Kobe never blinked. This would explain why Barnes missed the moment as it unfolded. It wasn’t really much of a moment.
I hate it when facts ruin a good story.