CourtsideBlog: “Welcome to Kobe Island,” said Battier with a wry, tired smile.
It’s a tough, forbidding place, where trouble and danger lurk every trip down the floor.
“I saw how good Kobe was in my rookie year when I was in Memphis,” Battier said. “Everyone makes a big deal out of his 81-point game against the Raptors. But he gave me personally about 63 in my rookie year — in three quarters. And no one really talks about it. He’s unbelievable. Unbelievable. All the praise that he receives, he earns.”
“(Kobe) never shows frustration,” Battier said. “He’s the only guy in the league. That’s why I respect the hell out of him. He keeps coming at you wave after wave, just attacking you. So against him, you have to attack from the tip to the buzzer. Because the second you let up and lose your focus, he’s got you.”