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League says Kobe was fouled, refs missed it

Mar 14, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

Lakers Hawks Basketball AP

The NBA’s league office agrees with Kobe Bryant.

Not that it does any good.

Kobe said after the game that Dahntay Jones intentionally stepped under him, didn’t give him room to land and that led to Kobe getting a sprained ankle. Kobe said Jones should have been called for a foul. The league issued a statement that didn’t look into intent but agreed with Kobe.

With 4.9 seconds remaining in the Atlanta Hawks’ 96-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on March 13, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant attempted a jump shot over the Hawks’ Dahntay Jones. After review at the league office, video replay confirmed that referees missed a foul call on Jones as he challenged Bryant’s shot and did not give him the opportunity to land cleanly back on the floor. Bryant should have been granted two free throws.

Lakers fans will say “so what” — that statement and four bucks will get you a latte at Starbucks. It does not change the end of the game, it does not change the ankle sprain Kobe suffered and could miss games because of it.

Kobe spent Thursday trying to limit his time off the court by getting treatment. When Kobe gets injured, he approaches treatment like he approaches working out or attacking the rim off the pick-and-roll — he’s all in.

Between tweets about how bitter he is feeling about the injury, Kobe tweeted that he was going to get one hour of sleep last night so he could keep the treatments going. The Lakers said that on the road Lakers long-time trainer Gary Vitti would have a couple of treatment sessions with Kobe’s ankle.

It’s unlikely that Kobe returns to the court Friday night against Indiana or maybe another few games according to the buzz around the team, but I wouldn’t bet against him trying to get on the court sooner rather than later. Kobe has played through torn ligaments and busted fingers — if it’s not going to make things worse, if it’s a matter of pain management, he’ll go. The problem is with ankles once sprained they are more susceptible to re-injury. Kobe has to get his ankle strong enough to get past that point where it keeps getting injured. And we don’t know where that line is, yet.

  1. dirtydavis - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    I knew it!!! Bring me Dahntay Jones head on a silver platter

    • 808raiderinparadise - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Ha ha ha ha … and Ibakas groin shot was’t intentional?

      but leaning into/under the best clutch shooter in the NBA is a crime when the game is on the line.

      Kobe has to kick his leg out and fade away from the basket with Dhantay Jones guarding him?


      • tsi431 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:16 AM

        Actually Dhantay was about five feet away from him when he shot. Then moved in after the fact. I wouldn’t call that guarding him.

  2. losanginsight - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    The NBA’s agenda continues…
    I guess stern really doesn’t want to see The Lakers put up Banner #17 while most teams ate still working on their first.

    • dannymac17 - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      banner 17? this year? Quit being such a troll.

      • manchestermiracle - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        Banner 1? This year? Keep dreaming.

  3. moseskkim - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    it was a dirty play and im glad the league realized their mistake. if anything, referees will be more aware of these types of situations

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Don’t count on it. The NBA making an after-the-fact ruling that has no effect isn’t the same as actually telling their half-blind referees to get with the program. Look at all the moving screens that are never called, to say nothing of traveling and carrying the ball.

  4. Nostrils10 - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!

    They gonna be alright

  5. hannsta - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Eh, where is the league when miscalls effect other teams? If you watch the NBA you are used to bad calls.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      So then no sense in bothering to call the cops when your stuff is stolen because, hey, stuff gets stolen so you should be used to it. Calling the refs out when they screw up is a good way to get them to actually make calls. Then maybe a team’s star player wouldn’t have gotten hurt, but since it isn’t your team I guess you don’t need to care.

  6. hojo20 - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Accidents happen.

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      That’s what the doc told your mom.

  7. ncm42 - Mar 14, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I thought it was an offensive foul for a shooter to kick his leg out in order to make contact with a defender. Wasn’t it a “point of emphasis” two years ago?

    • tsi431 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      For one, no contact was made, the defender was five feet away when the shot was out of his hand. Two, it has to be intentional.

  8. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I’m glad the refs didn’t call a foul. It wasn’t one and the game was on the line which is why Jones was scrambling to defend the shot

  9. florida727 - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Hmmm… let me see. Kobe Bryant. Dahntay Jones. Whose jersey sells more? Who generates better TV ratings? Who brings in more revenue to the league? Who can we market more? Yep. Foul on Jones.

    • mazblast - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      That’s how Little Caesar has run the league for years. He follows the Golden Rule–Whoever generates the most gold, makes the rules.

  10. losanginsight - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    The Lakers were on the good side of calls during the 3Peat and and
    Back to Back Ring Years..but this is the way the League creates parity.

  11. borderline1988 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    It could’ve gone either way. Dahntay Jones did foul Kobe – he stuck his foot too far under Kobe which is clearly against the rules. Obviously no one but Jones knows if it was intentional or not, but there’s a reason why it’s illegal to defend like that – it causes injuries for no reason.

    That being said, Kobe also kicked his right foot (the one he didn’t injure) into Jones in order to draw the foul, which as has been mentioned on this board already, is something the league was supposed to be cracking down on. Also, Jones’ foot had no bearing on whether the shot was going through or not.

    Kobe had a decent look to tie the game and missed it. Then he had the misfortune of coming down on the defender’s goot. Just bad luck. Considering how few times Kobe has been injured in his career, 2 weeks isn’t the worst. Look at DH – he practically missed almost 2 seasons of being in top form b/c of his back. Or Derrick Rose.

  12. stoutfiles - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Had Kobe not kicked his foot out to try and draw a foul, he would have landed cleaner and likely not have gotten hurt. Tired of shooters flailing their body around or acting like they got pummeled on a shot in order to get a foul call. The reds need to let them play.

    • tsi431 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      You obviously didn’t watch the video watch it again. Kobe shot with the defender no where near him. Watch where Delhanty ends up. He is well passed where Kobe started. There was no kick. Delhanty ran into him.

  13. golfrangeman - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    What a bunch of b.s. so now their going to dissect every play to determine if they should have called a foul or not. The FACT is he got a clean shot off and missed it, ever since this league was formed there’s always been complaints about letting the players determine the out come not the refs. The no call was right!!!

  14. omniusprime - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Too bad the dimwitted refs didn’t see the obvious foul when it happened but the refs don’t give Kobe much of a break on foul calls, not like they do giving Dirty Wade and Queen James foul calls when someone breathes hard on them. Too bad Dahntay Jones didn’t get a flagrant called on him, stepping under shooters like that is dirty play and should draw flagrant fouls or suspensions.

    Don’t sell Kobe short Kurt Helin, he could very well be playing tonight the way he rehabs his injuries. I’m just glad the MRI came back negative on any serious damage. Nice to hear that Pau Gasol is getting close to returning, he has been sorely missed.

    Go Kobe!!! Thanks Dr. Buss, Rest in Peace!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!!

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:28 AM

      He did play Friday. How’d that work out?

  15. lemfax - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Lost is lost c’mon….

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