So there is a big conspiracy theory about Kobe intentionally throwing an elbow at Artest’s throat… you know the rest of the story. Here are two examples including a break down frame by frame analysis of the play as well as ESPN reviewing an unreleased baseline angle of the play.
UPDATE: Here is the new released “reverse-angle footage.” You decide. Stu Jackson will have a tough decision to make.
ESPN: ESPN’s Chris Sheridan has seen the reverse-angle footage that doesn’t seem to be online, and writes: On the Bryant-Artest play, the two were battling for rebounding position when Bryant struck Artest with his elbow. Artest immediately began gesturing and arguing that he had been elbowed in the neck, but replays appeared to show Bryant’s elbow striking Artest on his upper chest, just above the “R” on Artest’s Rockets jersey.
As for the frame by frame analysis of the play, check it out on Silver Screen and Roll.