Friday, March 15, 2013
Kobe Bryant's Injury
Should the NBA have issued the statement that indeed Kobe was fouled and should have been allowed two free throws that could have tied up the game? If Dahntay Jones was playing dirty, what should be the consequence? "As defensive players, you can contest shots, but you can't walk underneath players," Bryant said. "That's dangerous for the shooter." Bryant later tweeted: "#dangerousplay that should have been called. Period." “It’s just a very, very dangerous play,” Bryant said. “Especially if I’m fading away, there’s no rhyme or reason why I should come down anywhere near somebody’s foot.” Bryant said Jones “Jalen Rose’d” him, referring to the 2000 NBA Finals against Indiana, when Bryant landed on Rose’s foot and severely sprained his ankle, forcing him to miss a game. Kobe allowed that this is the worst he’s sprained an ankle since the Rose incident, which the ESPN analyst later admitted on his Grantland.com podcast was intentional. On his @dahntay1 Twitter account, Jones argued otherwise: “Tape doesn’t lie. Ankle was turned on the floor after the leg kick out that knocked him off balance. I would never try to hurt the man.” "As defensive players, you can contest shots, but you can't walk underneath players," Bryant said. "That's dangerous for the shooter." Bryant later tweeted: "#dangerousplay that should have been called. Period." "I can't get my mind past the fact that I have to wait a whole year for revenge" The NBA came out with the statement that indeed, Kobe was fouled and should have received two free-throws. What do you think? Should the NBA have commented after the fact? Was Dayshan Jones playing dirty? What should happen to Jones? Kobe?