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    NBA's Best Kobe Bryant stoppers (what?)

    http://www.nba.com/2009/news/feature...s=iref:nbahpt1

    Conclusion: Believe the hype
    To answer your question, Jon: Yes, there is statistical evidence that Battier and Bowen are/were very good one-on-one defensive players. Their reputations are well deserved. Artest is also a good defender, but isn't the one-on-one stopper that the other two are. In fact, Bryant may be better in that regard (at least when he's focused on that end of the floor).
    If you look back at the second table above, you'll see some teams just have a guy's number. The Lakers have defended James the best, the Spurs have defended Wade the best, and the Rockets have defended Anthony the best. The Bulls, Hawks and Rockets have all defended Bryant well, too, but who's done it the best?
    The missing team
    The New Jersey Nets, of course.
    That's all kinds of fascinating, because from the 2006-07 season to the 2008-09 season, the Nets ranked 15th, 22nd and 23rd in defensive efficiency, respectively. The back-to-back Finals teams earlier this decade were great defensively, but the Nets fell off after the departures of Kenyon Martin and Kerry Kittles.
    The Lakers won five of the six games the two teams played in the last three years, but in none of the six did Bryant shoot better than 33 percent from the field.
    Vince Carter was the primary defender on Bryant in those games (something to keep in mind when the Magic and Lakers meet again), but fellow ex-Nets Richard Jefferson, Jason Kidd and Antoine Wright also took their turns. As a team, the Nets did a great job of keeping Bryant out of the paint and forcing him to shoot jumpers. And when he did, they borrowed a page from Battier's book and got a hand in his face almost every time.

    If you go back even further, you'll find that, in his last 11 games against the Nets, Bryant has failed to shoot better 39 percent from the field. He's shooting just 32.0 percent in that stretch of games (the Lakers won six of the 11 games), which began after Bryant and the Lakers beat the Nets in the 2002 Finals.
    Kobe Bryant vs. Nets, Last 11 Games
    Date Res. FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA FTM FTA PTS
    12/19/2002 L 8 29 0.276 0 1 5 5 21
    1/24/2003 L 4 14 0.286 1 2 2 3 11
    2/29/2004 W 4 12 0.333 2 6 1 2 11
    11/27/2005 L 14 36 0.389 4 12 14 16 46
    3/17/2006 L 9 24 0.375 2 8 4 4 24
    11/26/2006 W 8 24 0.333 1 4 2 4 19
    12/22/2006 W 4 13 0.308 2 5 11 12 21
    11/25/2007 L 7 21 0.333 2 5 15 16 31
    2/5/2008 W 3 13 0.231 0 2 0 0 6
    11/25/2008 W 5 17 0.294 0 2 2 2 12
    3/27/2009 W 5 19 0.263 3 6 1 1 14
    TOTALS 6-5 6.5 20.2 0.320 1.5 4.8 5.2 5.9 19.6


    This just makes me really hoping for an Orlando Magic vs LAL rematch in the finals.
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    I can tell you're a very big VC fan.

    Let the DWill Era begin!!

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    It wasn't all Vince. Kidd surprisingly enough used to do a fantastic job on him, and Jefferson was pretty good as well.

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    Yeah, well Mr. Bryant admitted Battier is the best "Kobe stopper"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaimoNETS View Post
    I can tell you're a very big VC fan.
    not a huge fan, just read this article posted today, and was surprised.

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    This is something JB (And hardcore Vince fans) have said for years now, Vince D's Kobe up better than Kidd did back in the day.

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    the rockets one of the top 4 teams on all 4 guys, just shows how great of a defensive team they have been over the past couple of years, and battier especially
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    Yea what is he thinking not wanting to drive next to or near drunk people. I have never met a more sheltered scaredy cat. As a hobby i find 10-15 homeless guys and give them lots of alcohol and play bumper cars all day but im normal.

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    I honestly think that the only player who can stop Kobe is..

    Kobe himself.

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    No one can stop Kobe, but I would say Battier is probably the best at it. Didn't Kobe shoot 5/20 just recently in a loss against the Rockets

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    Quote Originally Posted by skratcher View Post
    I honestly think that the only player who can stop Kobe is..

    Kobe himself.
    I think generally it takes a total team effort, with the goal not of stopping him but of depriving him of one or two dimensions of his game (penetration, playmaking, etc.) in order to limit his ability to inflict major damage. Denver did a good job of this in their last meeting, and they threw probably 5 different primary defenders on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ldc62 View Post
    No one can stop Kobe, but I would say Battier is probably the best at it. Didn't Kobe shoot 5/20 just recently in a loss against the Rockets
    yeah but actually trevor ariza played better d against him

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    Can't wait for that Lakers-Nets finals!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmac,lt,berkman View Post
    yeah but actually trevor ariza played better d against him
    actually it was battier guarding him during the game...


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    theres not one player in the NBA that can stop Kobe. Teams that have been successful, like the Rockets, have a great one on one defender and play great help defense, but to say one player can stop Kobe, no way

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    Quote Originally Posted by theuuord View Post
    Can't wait for that Lakers-Nets finals!

    On your shadow, falling to me

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