Kobe Bryant has had plenty of calls go his way during 16 years in the NBA, so it would be easy to dismiss his complaints in the ongoing debate about how he sprained his ankle.
That would be a gross injustice.
Dohntay Jones' play wasn't just dangerous, it was downright dirty.
The Los Angeles Lakers all-star actually didn't go far enough in griping about the play in Atlanta that left him with the worst sprained ankle of his career. The NBA also came up short in its response, merely putting out a statement on its Web site that acknowledged a foul should have been called on the Hawks player, but nothing more. Not even so much as a fine.
The league strangely failed to crack down on a very point it's been emphasizing in recent years: When a player goes up, he must get a chance to come down.
Going forward, the NBA needs to do a better job defending Bryant, LeBron Jones and other high-profile players, because they're the very reason we watch this game.
At the very least, Jones should'...