The pump fakes began in earnest when Kobe Bryant got stuck with the ball against Denver this month.
He had nowhere to go in the lane so he relied on an old trick to get himself out of a jam — and possibly a defender in the air.
He pump-faked once. He pump-faked again. He might have done it a third time but briefly lost control of the ball.
Nuggets forward Will Barton didn't budge, staying on his feet while guarding Bryant, forcing an off-balance...