How The Famous No Flinch Ball Fake Was The Start Of Kobe Bryant And Matt Barnes’ Friendship

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How The Famous No Flinch Ball Fake Was The Start Of Kobe Bryant And Matt Barnes’ Friendship

 

One of the ‘most Kobe’ moments ever took place on March 7, 2010.

In the third quarter between Kobe’s Lakers and the Orlando Magic, an inbounds play became one of the most iconic moments of the Millennium. Orlando’s Matt Barnes attempted to make Kobe flinch on an inbounds pass. He faked throwing the ball right at Kobe’s face. But Bryant didn’t move at all. More so, he didn’t even flinch, he did NOT flinch!

 

 

Matt Barnes revealed that he wanted to fight Kobe during that infamous moment. Interestingly enough that moment turned out to be the key to their friendship:

 

 

A week later, Barnes was a Laker, and over time, he and Kobe became very good friends.

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