Originally Posted by theogt
This is the point at which the ball is rolling between Bryant's body and the ground. Of course it's touching the ground. How can anyone say it didn't touch the ground? Hell the ball is on the ground and Bryant doesn't even have a hand on it.
Dez' right arm is behind the ball.
Note where the laces are. They are visible but clearly on the turf.
When Dez used his left arm to bring the possession back the laces moved up because Dez swiped at the ball.
Thus in the video you see the laces go nearly out of sight and then "reappear."
Because as he gained control he rotated the ball from bottom to top toward him.
Theogt is correct about this.