Vintage Mamba…this video shows Kobe at his most stylish and creative.
This was the year of Kobe’s second NBA Championship – he had always had flair, but it was around this time that the cold-blooded killer started coming out to play.
The #5 highlight is a perfect example – the perfect ball fake, the fadeaway – this is a high-pressure shot with an insane degree of difficulty, but it’s executed to perfection.
While the highlights by themselves are impressive, take note of Kobe’s positional awareness. He always knows the right place to be – in #4, even though he’s forced into a pass, he knows exactly where he needs to be and when he needs to jump if Derek Fisher misses.
Tony Parker can’t outjump him, David Robinson and Tim Duncan are both in the wrong place, and Kobe follows his huge rebound with a clutch shot around the outstretched arms of Robinson.