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If you haven’t heard, Kobe suffered a severe ankle sprain against the Atlanta Hawks, Wednesday night. As he attempted the game winning shot, Dahntay Jones played Kobe a little too close as he contested the fadeaway jumper. Jones’s leg kicked out as Kobe was on his way down. Kobe subsequently turned his ankle and that was all she wrote. He’s now listed as out indefinitely. No call was made. Kobe was heated. Lakers loss 92-96. End of game. End of story? No.
After the game, Kobe took to his twitter account and fired shots toward Dahntay Jones, for what he considered to be a malicious play, and also toward the refs for “blowing the call”. Jones took the bait and reacted to Kobe’s tough talking twitter act.
But first, here’s the play in question:
And here’s Kobe’s tweet that set everything off…
#dangerousplay that should have been called. Period.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 14, 2013
Dahntay proceeded to tweet the following in his defense…
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
— Dahntay (@dahntay1) March 14, 2013
Leg kick that makes contact with a defensive player is an offense foul. Period. The nba changed that rule 2 yrs ago. Stop it! — Dahntay (@dahntay1) March 14, 2013
I have the utmost respect for @kobebryant I would never try to intentionally hurt him. Just wanted to contest the fadeaway #thatsall — Dahntay (@dahntay1) March 14, 2013
Except that’s not true, because history proves Jones has indeed tried to intentionally hurt Kobe in the past, 2009 to be exact.
Now what happened in 09′ I am not proud of but it was a heated playoff series with a championship on the line — Dahntay (@dahntay1) March 14, 2013
Roll the tape!
But Kobe wasn’t buying it. This tweet is in response to one of his followers siding with Jones. (Sidenote: Kobe has since deleted this tweet, but real twitter Gs know tweets are never really gone forever.)
@thadeacon I respectfully disagree. He knows what he did and anyone with half a brain can see it. I don’t want it to happen to anyone else!
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 14, 2013
But wait! There’s more! Vanessa, Kobe’s wife, later instagrammed this gruesome pic of Kobe’s X-ray. For what? Who the hell knows.
And this is what Kobe said following the game…
This is one of those cases where Lakers fans will argue you down trying to convince you that Jones had malicious intent. But after watching the video a few times, I definitely think it was just one of those freak things that’s part of the game. Nothing more, nothing less. Jones’s past definitely makes him look suspect, but he told you, he only intentionally tripped Kobe in ’09 because the championship was on the line. Translation: the stakes aren’t high enough for him to get extra Jerz during a regular season game. He has standards, lol.
Bottom line, Kobe’s dramatics are just a reminder that he’s a disciple of Zen Master Phil Jackson. Instead of Kobe branding himself Vino, I think Whine is far more appropriate. Phil Jackson taught him well. Kobe, get over it and get your checkbook ready. I guarantee you have a fine coming your way.
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