Posted March 28, 2013

NBA rules referees missed Kobe Bryant foul on Ricky Rubio three

Ben Golliver, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Rick Adelman, Ricky Rubio

By Ben Golliver

The NBA announced Thursday that its referees missed a foul by Kobe Bryant on Ricky Rubio during the closing seconds of a 120-117 Lakers win over the Timberwolves at the Target Center on Wednesday night. The ruling, which was first reported by the Associated Press,  amounts to a simple apology and has no bearing on Wednesday’s result.

An NBA review concluded that Rubio should have been awarded three free throws after Bryant “fouled Rubio while Rubio was in his shooting motion” as he attempted a potential game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation. Had the foul been whistled, Rubio, a career 78.7 percent foul shooter, could have forced overtime by going three-for-three from the line. However, the referees ruled that Bryant had not fouled Rubio, ending the game and enraging both the Spanish point guard and Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman.

This was the second NBA officiating review involving Bryant in two weeks.

All in all it was a bad sequence for Bryant, who got away with one. With 3.4 seconds remaining, the Lakers All-Star guard missed a game-icing free throw, which Rubio rebounded. Wasting no time, Rubio pushed the ball up the court at full speed and launched a run from roughly two steps behind the free throw line. Trailing Rubio on the play, Bryant attempted to contest the shot by reaching across the left side of Rubio’s body with his right arm. Bryant appeared to contact Rubio’s shooting arm just before his release.

Bryant, as you might expect, said the play was ruled correctly on the court.

“That’s not a foul,” Bryant told told reporters after the game. “They ain’t calling that s—. I don’t think I got him. That’s just a tough call to make. I just put my hand in. It’s not like I went out and smacked him across the arm or anything like that.”

And what if the foul had been called and Rubio had forced the game into an extra period?

“We would have gone into overtime and won the game,” Bryant said. “It’s as simple as that.”

The Star-Tribune reported that the Timberwolves made clear their position on the dispute.

Fifteen minutes after the game, Rubio sat at his locker with his head buried in a towel. Later he said, “I don’t like to lose. I hate it. Sometimes it’s tough when you give everything and something like that happens. Just keep going through, it’s tough, it’s tough.”

In videotaped postgame comments, Adelman made it clear that he believed Rubio was fouled: “What do you think? I mean, come on.”

He then sidestepped a question about whether Bryant’s superstar reputation might have influenced the call. “You’re not going to goad me into that,” the longtime coach said.

Bryant finished with a game-high 31 points (on 12-for-21 shooting), seven assists and three rebounds. Rubio finished with 13 points (on 5-for-13 shooting), seven assists and three rebounds.

The Lakers improved to 37-35 on the season and maintained their one-game lead over the Jazz for the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed. The lottery-bound Timberwolves fell to 25-45.

Video via YouTube user firstandskol | Second video via YouTube user KB824Legend

18 comments
rkc200164
rkc200164

The Lakers, especially Kobe, get special attention and love from the referees. Kobe has to commit a flagrant foul in order for a ref to blow the whistle. As a team, the Lakers get every benefit of the doubt from the league and especially the ref's. They push other teams around and cry foul whenever they have an opportunity to. It's sad but true,  NBA ref's are in LA's back pocket. It is really noticeable and disgusting this year, because as a team the Lakers aren't very good and don't deserve special treatment but still get favor from the NBA ref's. In last week's game against the Warriors, Kobe was rewarded with 16 free throws. The entire Warriors team only shot 19. The Lakers went to the line 36 times! 

 

I would love to see an article and hear how the NBA ref's can defend themselves when the facts are clear.... its not an even playing field when the Lakers are on the court.    

TheSenSation63
TheSenSation63

"I just put my hand in. It’s not like I went out and smacked him across the arm or anything like that.” coming from the guy that complains every time hes poked. “We would have gone into overtime and won the game,” b/c ur record clearly shows that.

manodenada
manodenada

Ya know it's tough 'nuff to tolerate that Kobe gets more calls than 911 during a zombie invasion, but for him to just straight up lie and say he didn't foul??  Can't really question him as a player I guess, but he earns so little respect as a person and honest competitor, it's kinda pathetic, really.  Who mentioned WWF?  Yup - David Stern definitely knows who sells the most crap, but devaluing the level of competition keeps true bball fans wondering, where did our game go??

HollyBelgarde
HollyBelgarde

If it had been the other way around, and Kobe the one shooting for the 3 with Rubio fouling him, you don't think Kobe would have got the call?  Of course he would have, that is what sucks about the refs, they are AFRAID to call games fairly

KF1
KF1

just like that? how about fining the stupid refs? 

OK
OK

League finally smacks Da Alleged Rapist upside da head.

RenoNoone
RenoNoone

Missed a call and the other guy won instead?    This is straight out of the WWE playbook, which is why

 

David Stern = Vince McMahon

NBA = WWE

JamieBreslow
JamieBreslow

Please don't do to this sport what the NFL has done to theirs. In the 35 years I've been watching basketball I've seen the game called the same way in the closing seconds. It's simply a no call play. If some coach, or some player decides to try to get to the line tie or win it, than they are playing bad basketball. Draw the play to get an open look and don't hedge your bets on a whistle. 

ajudki20
ajudki20

Duh. The only person on earth who didn't already know it was a foul was Kobe. I bet he still thinks it wasn't a foul. Amazing how  warped a mind can get from constant praise. 

FreeJack2k2
FreeJack2k2

Typical of NBA officiating...not a surprise, whatsoever. Kobe has been getting this kind of treatment pretty much his entire career.

duckfan59
duckfan59

Ef you, Kobe. I'm so sick of your whinin' and rationalizin'.

When the guy on Atlanta challenged your shot and you missed and landed on his foot and hurt your widdle ankle you whined and bitched and moaned. That was not a foul.

Now you clearly foul a guy and claim it wasn't.

NBA officials suck and give the benefit of the doubt to the stars but won't give a rookie or no-name a call if their arm gets chopped off.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

The refs also missed 100 other calls....like carrying the ball, doubles dribbles, traveling, palming the ball..........

Horstradamus
Horstradamus

 @JamieBreslow that's a stupid thing to say. Are you suggesting that if Kobe had pushed Rubio to the floor instead of whacking him across the hand that it should also be a no call? in either situation, it's an obvious foul that prevented him from getting off a clean shot. If you think this should be a non-call, you know nothing about the game of basketball and should not be commenting.

FreeJack2k2
FreeJack2k2

 @JamieBreslow It's not a no-call play when you bring your arm down across a shooter's arms as he releases a shot (without getting any ball), causing it to go off-line. It's a foul.

 

Call the game consistently for all players, according to the rules, for 48 full minutes. That's what they SHOULD do and yet never have done, as long as I've been watching the NBA.

Nick Larson
Nick Larson

 @Wisconsin Death Trip They blatantly missed a call that affected the outcome of the game. How stupid can one be to miss that call? Seriously! Society is f.ucked if anyone thinks it's ok to ignore the rules of the game. I highly doubt they missed "palming the ball" and "carrying the ball".

duckfan59
duckfan59

 @Blah1  @JamieBreslow I just calls 'em like I see 'em and for your info I'm way past 25 and could give a rat's behind what you or Kobe think. Go kiss Kobe's a** some more. Everyone else does. Get in line.