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League admits Kobe fouled Rubio on final shot

Mar 28, 2013, 4:11 PM EST

The NBA admitting it made a mistake matters about as much as you owning up to your boss that you made a big mistake — you get a nod of recognition but it doesn’t really change anything.

So let’s all give the NBA a nod for admitting that Kobe Bryant fouled Ricky Rubio on the final shot in the Lakers three-point win over the Timberwolves Sunday. Here is what the league said on its official officials site.

Ricky Rubio attempted a 3-point shot at the buzzer of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 120-117 win over the Timberwolves on March 27. Video review by the league office confirmed that Kobe Bryant fouled Rubio while Rubio was in his shooting motion. Rubio should have been awarded three free throws.

Isn’t that nice?

As Kobe said after the game, the official on the floor are not going to call a foul on a desperation three on the last shot of the game unless Kobe tackled Rubio.

But at least the league admitted its error. So there’s some transparency.

  1. dirtydavis - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    I agree… the League should suspend Kobe

    • spthegr8 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Cool story, bro!!!!!

    • 808raiderinparadise - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      They asked Rubio about the potential game winning shot foul, he looked down at the ground, microphones in his face and mumbled, “he Kobe Bryant-ed me”

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Kobe fan here. CLEAR FOUL. But they don’t call that at the ends of game in desperation.

    • norcalkingsfan - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      You lost me at “Kobe fan here.”

    • kopy - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      But they should. I’m not trying to call Kobe dumb, but it’s dumb to slap a guy’s forearms on a desperation game-tying 3. The play needs to be called correctly. It’s not the refs’ job to bailout a player from the embarrassment of costing their team a potential W like that.

    • 808raiderinparadise - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:38 AM

      Ahhhhhhhhh thanks Mr. Wright 212

      … Im glad Kobe got his ankle stepped on then vs Atlanta at buzzer, they just don’t call that at ends of game desperation.

  3. infectorman - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    a foul is a foul is a foul.
    Stern wants to be sure glitz town gets in the playoffs….as usual…

    The same thing when Kobe blocked Rasheed Wallace in game 7 of the finals against Boston but agenda filled ref’s called it an Offensive. Just like Pau Gasol’s blatant up&down/travel on a key layup near the end of the game counted for 2 instead of a turnover
    Lets make sure Fakers win the title.

    What a joke of a league

    • kchristainsen - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Seriously. Best answer is to stop watching. Every league has there bad calls but it happens all the time in the NBA and they do nothing to change it cause it helps the big market teams.

      • broncobeta - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Amen. It’s insane when small market teams play against super star teams.

        The Nuggets played against the Heat twice in one week, and in both games (which were very close), Lawson would get mauled and no call. Ray Allen got sneezed on and he gets to make the 4 point play that seals the game.

        Don’t even get me started with all of the calls Westbrook and Durant get. They just throw their bodies into someone with no intention of actually shooting the ball and they get to shoot frees.

  4. loungefly74 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    (got screwed on the jones’ foul…screws over rubio…basketball balance at work here) it is what it is…

  5. doctorfootball - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    “But at least the league admitted its error. So there’s some transparency.”

    Would good does it do to admit a mistake that the league’s referees will purposely commit over and over again? They want the Lakers in the playoffs. They will make let that kind of foul slide against teams that aren’t very good like the T-Wolves. So, admitting the non-call was wrong, after the fact, make no difference if they keep letting those things slide.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Exactly. They’ve apologized to the Raptors alone 4 times for game changing calls. Why did they keep happening? Because it’s nothing more than an acknowledgment. If the refs don’t face any sort of fine or suspension, absolutely nothing will change. Does anyone think even one single referee thinks to himself “crap, the league said our no-call was a mistake! I’d better clean that up in the future!”? Of course not. Because they all know they’re perfectly safe as long as they keep the stars and the big markets happy.

  6. itsonlyaspeedbump - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I always root against the Lakers (and especially their tireless defenders) but Kobe’s quote was classic.

    It was something to the effect of ‘even if the refs gave him the foul, we still would have won in overtime.’

    Gotta admit, thats pretty awesome.

  7. kb2408 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    And? Now when will they admit they screwed the Lakers out of CP3?!

  8. lucifershuttlesworth - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    The NBA. Where amazing protection of corporate interests happens.

  9. pudgalvin - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    At least he didn’t shred rubio’s acl this time b

  10. btwicey - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I don’t understand why it wouldn’t be called because its the end of a game… Shouldn’t that mean it should definitely be called?

  11. sunlightpianist - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    May be at the end of a game you don’t want to decide the game as a ref, but this would have been a tied game for overtime not a decision.

    And there is a difference to the Jones-foul. This time one referee has the ideal position and is looking at the foul. With Jones is was a ref mistake, because one ref forgot his task and didn’t follow the shooter and defender with his eyes. So that can happen. This is time there is no way the ref didn’t see the foul. He ignored it by purpose.

  12. psung26 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    *yawn* of course Rubio isn’t getting that call for a desperation 3.

    What shocked me the most about this video was how Kobe looked like a frozen statue as Rubio grabbed the rebound right in front of his face.

  13. allen227 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    The nba is a joke. They do that daily

  14. 13arod - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    do the same thing with the heat and bulls game

  15. denverhoopdreams - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Dude, Kurt, sometimes the things you say baffle me! Do you never think rationally by any means? Are you a product of the corporation? It doesn’t even seem like you’re a fan!

    “As Kobe said after the game, the official on the floor are not going to call a foul on a desperation three on the last shot of the game unless Kobe tackled Rubio.”

    So, if my English comprehension was even that of someone in Middle School, your statement reads that Kobe is right and fouls shouldn’t be called on desperation threes.

    Why not?

    Can you answer that for us fans?

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      If you’ve watched an NBA game before, you know the fouls called at the end and in the second quarter are different. Go ahead and argue they shouldn’t be if that makes you happy, but they are. Kobe recognized that and acted accordingly. Not saying it’s right, I’m saying it’s reality. Sorry if that sucks for you.

      • letangusespertplus - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        oh wait. the league is fixed? got it. might as well report on wrestling too. at least they admit its fixed.

  16. beaverdam21 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I just rolled my eyes about conspiracy theories til I watched in total and utter disbelief (more than) a few years ago when Sacramento was on the verge of knocking LAL out of the playoffs – the entire fourth quarter fouls called on Kings when nobody within 3 feet of the ball and on the other end massive fouls and muggings completely ignored. National tv. Went to a game 7 which Lakers won. Absolutely the case – who cares if they say sorry if it keeps happening? And it almost always involves the Lakers.

  17. raidmagic - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Reverse that play and Rubio gets called for the same move on Kobe

  18. nomorsacbball - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I guess loungfly is right about basketball balance. because they were handed that win last night by the league, they just lost to Milwaukee. lol!

  19. nawlinsmitty - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    I can’t wait for Silver to take over and clean up the officiating mess that Stern has created. it seems as if the NBA is playing for Vegas.

  20. its50 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    where’s your article on jones injuring kobe and no foul given?

  21. progress2011 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    When FAKER FANS want to know why reasonable / rational thinking / Objective fans HATE the FAKERS….rewind this video as the latest example.

    Furthermore, re-watch the championship series of each of their “GIFTS” and it will become very obvious that they were awarded this type of bias in each of the FAKE Banners they have.

    A simple reason why we call them FAKE is because their legacy is a lie ….it’s all HOLLYWOOD !

  22. kavika6 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Reminds me of the Spurs/Lakers playoff game in 2008 or 2009. Fisher tackled Brent Barry in the same situation and knocked him to the floor and there was no call. Should have been sent to overtime.

  23. eerock41 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    howard fouled him also on the play. any hit to the head is a flagrant 1. the league should give howard a flagrant 1.

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