Posted March 14, 2013

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant out indefinitely after spraining ankle in loss to Hawks

Atlanta Hawks, Ben Golliver, Dahntay Jones, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

By Ben Golliver

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant sprained his left ankle after missing a potential game-tying jumper in the closing seconds of a 96-92 loss to the Hawks in Atlanta’s Philips Arena on Wednesday night.

The Lakers announced after the game that an X-ray on the ankle was negative, but Bryant is being listed as “out indefinitely” with a severe left ankle sprain, according to the Los Angeles Times.

With the Hawks leading 94-92 and 15 seconds remaining in regulation, Bryant worked one-on-one against Dahntay Jones on the right wing. As the clock hit five seconds, Bryant dribbled to the baseline and pulled up for a fadeaway jumper. The shot rimmed off, and Bryant’s left foot landed on Jones’ right foot, as the Hawks guard closely contested the potential game-tying shot.

Bryant tweeted that Jones should have been called for a foul on the play for sliding underneath him after the shot attempt.

“Dangerous play that should have been called,” he wrote. “Period.”

Jones disputed that assessment on his Twitter account.

“Tape doesn’t lie,” he wrote. “Ankle was turned on the floor after the leg kick out that knocked him off balance. I would never try to hurt the man. … Leg kick that makes contact with a defensive player is an [offensive] foul. Period. The NBA changed that rule [two years] ago. Stop it!”

Replays showed Bryant’s ankle roll over, and he initially remained motionless on the court as the clock stopped with 2.6 seconds remaining. Bryant eventually walked off under his own power after being attended to by trainer Gary Vitti. Yahoo! Sports reported that Bryant called the injury his “worst sprain since 2000.”

The Lakers next play on Friday when they travel to Indiana to face the Pacers. Los Angeles dropped to 34-32 with the loss but remained a half-game up on Utah for the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed after the Jazz loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.

Bryant finished with a game-high 31 points (on 11-for-33 shooting), seven rebounds and five assists. He has played in all 66 games for the Lakers so far this season.

Atlanta improved to 35-29 with the win. The Hawks were led by Devin Harris, who finished with 17 points and seven assists.

12 comments
rub9g
rub9g

Oh and one more thing for all you "HATERS", after being reviewed by the NBA, a statement was issued that said officials had made a bad call and there should have been a foul called on Jones. So not only are you HATERS, but odviously you dont even know the rules of the game. UR JUST HATING, WHAAAAAAA!!!

rub9g
rub9g

The only "Beeauches"  here are u beeauch ass Laker hatters. And of all the people that can talk smack it would be a couple of sorry ass Boston fans, enjoy ur sorry ass celtics. Go home and cry to MOMMY.

carjax1202
carjax1202

Give me a break!  The NBA says there should of been a foul call on that play??? Yeah, on Kobe for kicking his leg out!  What a joke from a whiny BEE  OTCH!!  You lost and in the end you got hurt...deal with it..it's part of the game.  You can down on his foot, it's just bad luck.  Quit crying!

CleatusTank
CleatusTank

Kobe Bryant crying like the little beeeee oooo tch he is. 

McGibblets
McGibblets

I’ve watched that Kobe/Jones play a dozen times, and Jones plays about the best defense you can on a shot like that – stays close to Kobe, cuts off baseline penetration, barely leaves his feet, yet contests the shot, etc. Kobe missed the shot and landed awkwardly. That is all. Even if Jones’ foot was involved, it was completely accidental and not a “dangerous play” on Jones’ part.

 

Kobe is a pathetic loser for whining after the game that Jones’ defense was a “dangerous play” (it wasn’t) and that you’re not supposed to get that close to shooters (you have to unless you want them to score 50 points). I’m sure Kobe would have preferred that Jones back up, bow, and allow Kobe to shoot from whichever position he deemed satisfactory.

 

The most ridiculous part of this story is that it has become a story at all. I heard Kenny Smith (who I believe is a massive idiot) agreeing with Kobe on NBA TV, going as far as calling Jones a dirty player, before quickly retracting that statement. Then, I switched over to ESPN, where the anchors were dissecting the video as if it were the Zapruder film. They, of course, couldn’t make up their minds, but decided nonetheless that Kobe must be right, because, you know, he’s Kobe. Then, I wake up this morning to the radio discussing Kobe’s comments, and I live in NYC (not LA).

 

I’m sure if Davide Stern could, he would reschedule the final five seconds of last night’s game, award Kobe foul shots (you know, since he missed the jumper), and toss Jones from the game for playing defense.

 

Don’t worry, Kobe. I’m sure you’ll never miss another game-tying/game-winning jumper without being awarded free throws. That’s only fair because you’re Kobe, right?

 

What a joke this league is becoming.

 

p.s. This happens on the same night as Sebastian Telfair getting tossed from a game for getting so frustrated by Avery Bradley’s fantastic pressure defense. See, defense is a part of basketball.

6marK6
6marK6

Kobe is out? Does this mean ESPN goes on hiatus for a week? Or do they just make up for it with a Tiger Woods/Michael Jordan documentary festival?

matt7
matt7

Sorry, this was not a case of a defender sliding in.   Jones made a good play.  Just bad luck for Kobe. 

DerekBenson
DerekBenson

Agree with Kobe... The whole leg kick thing is a joke when you run up underneath a guy. Of course your kick out leg will make contact with the defender when you run into it. Wreck-less player that should be reprimanded.

alex33
alex33

To see the fallout on twitter, go to www.tweetslosangeles.com/lakers

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Poor shot selection on a reckless attempt at a hero-play, ends up getting Kobe injured.

 

Seems appropriate.

 

dinohealth
dinohealth

@McGibblets Nonsense. Kobe was up and shooting a fadeaway jumpshot. Jones did not have a prayer of stopping it; in fact, he jumps as far as Kobe's chest while contesting the shot. I do not think he did it on purpose, but, he does move into Kobe after Kobe releases the shot, and, under him, as he is coming down. Kobe falls on Jones' foot, hence the dangerous undercut claim. I also believe Kobe when he says he is always consciously avoiding that when playing defense. Of course, Jones does not have either the skill sets, or, Kobe's presence of mind. It kinda reminds me of playing foks in the park that do not know how to play. Chances are, you will get hurt. Kobe is totally right, and, Jones is smoking funny ones. He should have apologized for his dumb play. As for Kobe being a whyner; fellow, you are as off in that, as your vision. Fact is, this may have cost the Lakers a playoff spot, and, all because of a dumb play by Jones.