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Shane Battier Calls Kobe Bryant ‘Toughest To Guard’

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The recently retired Shane Battier is currently in China to help in Yao Ming’s charity efforts, and will be part of a charity game this Sunday, playing one final time there.

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Battier announced his retirement following the Miami Heat’s loss in Game 5 in the 2014 NBA Finals. Reflecting on his career, Battier says he will miss playing with teammates such as Yao Ming, and LeBron James, but also mentions brothers Marc and former Laker Pau Gasol among others.

Along with mentioning players he’ll miss playing with, Battier was asked who the toughest to guard and he gave a familiar name via Letv:

“Toughest guy I had to guard in my career was Kobe Bryant. He was the toughest.”

Battier goes on to say that while Kobe was “the toughest” to guard throughout his career, it probably wouldn’t be the case now, most likely now being LeBron James or Kevin Durant.

This is not the first time Battier has said this, stating through Twitter a similar response in 2011, and has also, while being his toughest, has called Kobe his “favorite” player to guard:

Kobe wasn’t only the toughest player Battier, but also his favorite to face:

The 2014 Yao Fund Charity Game, will be held in the Dongguan Basketball Stadium in China on August 31st.

Here’s relevant tweet from Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding from back in January of 2014. A quote from Kobe talking about Battier:

Kobe and Battier had their fair share of battles throughout their careers. Although Kobe claims to have torched the defensive specialist every time they went head-to-head, Battier played well against the five-time NBA champion.

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  • Sam Saab

    i Love it!

  • vdogg

    battier had a solid career.. good defender and (corner) three point shooter. enjoy the rest of your life, shane.

    • stucktrader

      Lakers almost got Battier to play for them… too bad…

      It might have happened if not for the nixed CP3 trade…

      CP3, Kobe, Battier/Barnes, ? , D12… pretty stacked team…

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  • Mr.Barboza

    Of course he’s tough to guard, he’s one of the few players remaining that doesn’t flop everytime someone touches him…cough…lebron james…cough.

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    • LegendInMyMind

      He’s one of the few players to have an all around game out of the backcourt. He can score anywhere on the court, and that’s due to a combination of quickness with skill and savvy. We’ll see where he is when he comes back, but in his prime he was the best on the court any given night.

  • Steve

    Humility isn’t exactly one of Kobe’s strong points.

    • vdogg

      true. and it’s a trait of many of the greats in sport.

    • stucktrader

      If you remember how Battier guarded him with hands right in front of Kobe’s face on fade away 3′s… Kobe still nailed them… those shots were impressive…

    • Jorge Alberto Valenzuela

      He knows he’s good

  • ALLEN LY

    No doubt, Kobe dominated the one on one player for at least 8 years straight. There was nobody in the league during that time could stop Kobe. He could shoot a slang ball with half of his body bend back. I knew battier was almost the best guy to guard Kobe given the same type of body and a 2 inches taller and he was the best to guard him without many times fouling and sending Kobe to the FT line. He made Kobe earned those toughest shots. In the whole league there were only 3 teams that each has only a guard could slow down Kobe were the Sac King with Doug Christie, Houston with Shane (even Tmax couldn’t keep up with Kobe) and Supersonic with Ray Allen. There were guards that hate Kobe so much that they want to try to shut this monster down but couldn’t. Ray Allen played his best best to guard Kobe. As Kobe aging Wade was showing up to be the guy who could fairly guard Kobe. Kobe could copy MJ let see the next one whom can copy Kobe.

    • Kishan

      Ray Allen shit at defence his defensive videos marking Kobe are horrible never has his hand up……

      Ron Artest (The Pandas friend) was also a great defender against Kobe just to add

    • ItsonOn1981

      I think Tony Allen is the best Kobe stopper/container.

    • hiimdh

      don’t forget Bruce Bowen and those battles with the Spurs all those years. Most WC teams had to find a defensive guard specialist to try to stop Kobe.

  • M.Jayden

    No one can stop Kobe coz of his super confident

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  • Chachito

    Hell yeah!!! Talk about a golden age of basketball. Man, I’m so happy to see such great competitors. Good stuff.

  • Grant

    Kobe is by far hardest player to guard in NBA history.I remember attending every western conference playoffs game Kobe played in 2010 and in particular i remember when the Lakers played the Suns and 3 defenders were on Kobe and he still made the shots and the Lakers won the championship that year.He was so hard to guard that Gentry patted Kobe on the butt after making so many near impossible shots.That was Kobe at his best.

    • Steve Chavez

      LOL. Ah yes… That Phoenix series was classic. That must have been amazing to be there to see it. Cheers.

    • tbest

      Hmm. I remember some Jordan guy being more difficult to defend…

      • Thomas Klein

        Well getting triple teamed, it doesn’t get much tougher than that.

  • Manny

    Bruce Bowen was also a player that could at least guard Kobe and slow him down.And Tony Allen ranks up there along with Sprewell.

    • jonesinto

      Don’t forget Joe Dumars. Dude had to take on Jordan year after year in the playoffs

  • hampage

    Kobe vs Battier, Bruce Bowen or Raja Bell were great battles, that era’s best player vs legit defensive stoppers.
    I remember Shane saying he had over 100 pages of notes on how to best guard Kobe that he was continually updating.

    • jaequery

      And let’s not forget about the original “Kobe Stopper”, Ruben Patterson… and that game where he got torched real good… lol… pure classic.

  • Michael Red Walls

    I love the mutual respect

  • Marcus Ogbigboy Honeysuckit

    KOBE AND RAY ALLEN

  • tbest

    Battier sure relied on dirty tactics late in his career…

  • tehabz

    Respect!!! Players know each other better

  • Jwarn11

    I can see that, you don’t guard guys like Lebron, Kobe or MJ you get in their way and hope they don’t score.

  • wayne

    I would like to know what him and Shaq talked about off court! ! Lol

  • Old Souldier

    Yep! Damn straight! Kobe’s game is infinite. How the hell does a guard, score 81 points, in four quarters! 62 points in three quarters! Have 4 consecutive 50-point plus games! That dude was freakin’ ridiculous!

    • Tommy Young

      Yep!! And some people say he is not one of the best players that ever played the game. There are only three players who scored more points than Kobe. One was a center ( Karem), one was a power forward ( Karl Malone) and the other was a guard (Jordan) which will be passed next season

      • Old Souldier

        Kobe Bryant being one of the best players of all-time. Isn’t an opinion. It’s a fact. However, some idiots, wouldn’t put him in their top ten. But, haters gonna hate.

        • Trent Ramseyer

          Why is it hate if you put him in the 10-15 range?

          • Old Souldier

            If Mike Jordan is supposedly the indisputable #1. Kobe isn’t #11 or lower. If Magic and Bird are in the top ten. Kobe should be AHEAD of those guys. Yeah, I said it! What?!

          • Trent Ramseyer

            Magic Johnson was the greatest Point Guard to ever play this game. All time leading Assists Per Game in both regular season and post season. Took Lakers to Finals 9 times in 12 years… Sorry you can’t comprehend how good Magic Johnson was on the court.

          • Old Souldier

            I guess Magic can’t either. According to Owner, Magic, Johnson himself, Kobe is the greatest Laker, of all-time. I just happen to agree with him. You mad, bro?

          • Trent Ramseyer

            no, not mad, Kobe is top 10-15 all time. Magic didn’t miss the playoffs for the Lakers.. Kobe did.

          • Old Souldier

            HAha. Yeah, because Kobe ALSO got to play with Kareem, Worthy, Baby B, Mike Cooper, Norm Nixon, Bob McAdoo, Jamaal Wilkes, Mychal Thompson, and EVEN a young Vlade Divac! I don’t think that Kobe would have missed the playoffs, with those guys either. LOL

          • Trent Ramseyer

            Kobe demanded to be center of attention on the team. That is what he got when Shaq, Horry, and everyone else left. Magic didn’t drive off his teammates. On that alone, Magic is a better player to have on your team. Again. you accuse me of “opinion” yet that is all you are throwing out. I guess the real MVP is Derek Fisher since Kobe didn’t win anything without him .

          • Old Souldier

            Wait. So I list all of those Hall of Famers, that Magic played with. And you come back with Shaq and…..Horry. LOL

            But yes, it was important that he won without Shaq. Kobe needed to “beat” the respect out of his peers and critics. Which he obviously did. Including Shaq! With all of the nice comments (butt kissing) he’s thrown Kobe Bryant’s way in recent years. Turning your former enemy, into one of your strongest supporters, is GREATNESS! And you’re right, funny man. “Derek Fisher was indeed, the real Lakers MVP” (sarcastic voice).

          • Trent Ramseyer

            The Laker team that made the Finals 4 time in 5 years, was dismantled over a Kobe and Shaq feud that Kobe wanted his own team. His demand is what caused Lakers to be what they were. Missing the playoffs for the first time in 30 years. Even Nick Van Exel made the playoffs every year he was a Laker. So again. Kobe’s wants/needs/demands made a team that he, even with all his greatness, couldn’t get 8th place.

            I gave you stats of players that did better than he did, you discredited them

            I asked why he couldn’t handle Paul Pierce, but you claim he could kick Jordan, Bird, and Magic’s asses.

            I put him in the top 15 of all time and you get angry because that isn’t good enough.

            Sounds like you have the issues, not me.

            Kobe, needed the greatest Coach ever on the sideline , had the most dominant player in the league as his center for 3 rings, and had some great players next to him to accomplish what he did later. When he has had other coaches, he has gotten no where in playoffs. Sorry that hurts your argument, but it is what it is.

            But I am sure you can cling to the 81 point game against the worst team in the league like every other kobe kid to claim he is somehow greater than those who had great games in the Finals.

            Kobe, the “hardest to guard” is the 3rd highest PPG in playoffs as for a LAKER. The LOGO was better for the Lakers in playoffs

          • Old Souldier

            Damn Trent. You wrote me a freakin’ essay! LOL
            Kobe didn’t “demand” anything. Kobe Bryant was tired of Shaq’s mess and was ready to sign with the Clippers. Then Jerry Buss booted Shaq outta town. So what?! And did you just hit me with a Nick Van Exel reference? WOW!

            The LOGO (Jerry West) considers Kobe Bean Bryant. The greatest Laker of all-time. So again I ask. You mad, bro?

          • Trent Ramseyer

            read Phil Jackson’s book from those days. let me know what his coach thought of him. thanks, have a nice day. Been good chatting with you.

          • Old Souldier

            Kobe and Phil are ACTUALLY pretty tight, right now. But whatever. Remember, Trent. Hating is bad for your blood pressure.

          • Trent Ramseyer

            ok so now you deny what he wrote back in 2004 about him when Phil left basketball after the drama? Sounds about right. Denial is a good weapon for supporting Kobe’s career.

          • Old Souldier

            Yeah, Philip writes A LOT of things. I’ve read em’ all. They used to hate each other, now they love each other. But that’s typical Kobe. He wears his opponents down. LOL. This website belongs to ME, now! Kobe haters are no longer welcome! #You’reWelcome

  • Trent Ramseyer

    Best 45% shooter to play !

    • Old Souldier

      Yeah, Kobe takes tougher shots than MJ and LeBron. He also isn’t afraid to shoot himself out of a slump. So what?! LOL

      • Trent Ramseyer

        That isn’t smart basketball.

        • Old Souldier

          Smart basketball? Is that what LeBron James played, in the 2011 NBA Finals? Making himself a role player. Not being aggressive. Not taking it right to the Dallas Mavericks. Give me the guy that will go 0 of 10 in the first half. Stays on his grind in the second half. And finishes the game 10 of 23. #mamba #vino

          • Trent Ramseyer

            I don’t care about Lebron, however you seem to have some love/hate for him. Kobe, is supposedly unstoppable.. however in 7 Finals.. he has ONE 40 point game. In his entire career as a mass shooter.. one 40 point game. if that deserves applause… then go ahead.

          • Old Souldier

            One 40 point game in the NBA Finals? Who the hell cares about that?! Excuse me why I swat that WEAK-A$$ argument into the stands! And then give you the Mutombo finger wag. Kobe’s scored over 30 points 81 times in the playoffs, and helped lead his team to 5 championship victories. LOL

          • Trent Ramseyer

            And with that, his accomplishments put him in the 10-15 all time great range. Shaq’s 30/15 in 3 straight finals was a better performance than Kobe has mustered.

          • Old Souldier

            HAha. Well Shaq was the biggest mismatch, in the history of…….sports! But that 30/15 is useless, without great perimeter play, from his teammates. And dude, you could put Kobe in the 200-215 range. It’s your opinion. Depending on how strong, Mr. Bryant finishes out his last few seasons, I might have to rank him number 1. Stay tuned.

          • Trent Ramseyer

            Well glad you like him that much. Enjoy. He has been a great player. Sorry you don’t like stats that support the other players in the league’s history. Discrediting them just to make your favorite player top your list is a weird mentality. Of the top 20 greats that have played, Kobe’s overall stats are usually in the bottom half. He has however accomplished quite a bit due to determination which is a great asset. He is also one of 10 (11, if you include Russell) to get multiple finals mvps, so kudos to that, but why put down the other 10 guys that have done it?

          • Old Souldier

            I just like simplifying things and trusting my own two eyes. I’ve watched Bird, Magic, and MJ. Kobe in his prime, would have kicked all of their A$$E$, in MY opinion. That’s why those same old-timers, respect him so much. It’s cool, if you (wrongly) disagree with me.

          • Trent Ramseyer

            Ok, so you watched, Kobe, In His Prime, lose the Finals MVP to Paul Pierce? Be part of the biggest comeback loss there ever was in Finals history? So a guy you claim is so amazing can’t handle Paul Pierce would somehow kick Bird, Magic and MJs collective asses? You must be a writer for LA. Anyway, have fun this year. Kobe should be about 70% of what he was, but still should be good.

          • Old Souldier

            Paul Pierce? Oh yeah. The wheelchair guy. It would have been nice to have had a healthy Andrew Bynum in those 2008 NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant made champions out of Lamar Odom and Andrew freakin’ Bynum. That’s impossible! No wait. That’s Kobe Bean Bryant!

          • Trent Ramseyer

            yep, the most impressive shooter of all time, the hardest to guard, shot .405, .430, and .405 in the Finals as he lead his team to 3 in a row without Shaq and winning two. Glad he had 3 big men instead to get all the rebounds. Sure Phil Jackson had nothing to do with “making champions”, or the Gasol trade or the Fisher defection from Utah. Let me know who won game 3 in the 2010 Finals for the Lakers in the 4th quarter.. his name wasn’t Kobe.

          • Trent Ramseyer

            LOOK OUT.. KOBE, THE UNSTOPPABLE AND HIS 39% CAREER GAME 7 SHOOTING IS GONNA GET YOU!

  • vdogg

    kobe is arguably the greatest one-on-one player EVER.

    • Trent Ramseyer

      try covering Shaq

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