At least, that's what Barnes says.
"As far as I know, that s--t went in his face and he didn't flinch," the former NBA swingman told TMZ Sports on Wednesday. "I thought that was a dead story." (Warning: video contains profanity.)
The clip, which is firmly rooted in NBA Twitter lore, became the talk of social media again on Tuesday after The Action Network's Rob Perez relayed an overhead shot of the play that appeared to show Kobe standing to Barnes' side and not directly in front of him:
But now that we've heard from Barnes, the mystery appears to be over.