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Video Caption Contest: Lakers' Kobe Bryant unfazed by Matt Barnes' ball movement

March 8, 2010 |  7:33 pm

The ball approached Kobe Bryant. Bryant stared right back at it. The ball went away.

That's the simple "See Spot Run" explanation when describing Bryant's outward indifference to Orlando's Matt Barnes pretending to throw an inbounds pass to his face in what eventually resulted in a Lakers' 96-94 loss Sunday to the Magic. But how is that utterly possible, given just normal human reflexes? It's long been established that Bryant is far from normal, but the latest example raised the ante just a little bit. 

As for Bryant's explanation? Well, it seems that whether it's regarding his poor shooting or Barnes' antics, Bryant can't resist saying something that won't require muting his audio or bracketing out his quotes.

"I knew he wasn't going to do [anything]," Bryant said. "What would I flinch for?"

That certainly wasn't the case in the video below. Though Bryant mostly maintained a stoic and curt tone with reporters after Monday's practice, he let out a laugh after acknowledging he saw the video featuring the inbounds play. Bryant also expressed some annoyance when a reporter wondered how it was possible he didn't flinch with the ball so close to his face. 

This leads us into another Video Caption Contest describing the footage at the top of the post. Feel free to share your ideas below, and it will be featured in tomorrow's links post as the Video Caption Contest Comment of the Day. As an added bonus, we'll still have the general Reader Comment of the Day, so any words of wisdom regarding anything else Lakers-related won't go unnoticed.  

--Mark Medina

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Photo: In this television screen capture from Sunday’s game, Matt Barnes pretends to throw an inbounds pass at Kobe Bryant’s face. Credit: ABC/ESPN.