Originally written March 14, 2013 on The Victory Formation:
The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a difficult defeat last night the Hawks, but more concerning is the loss of Kobe Bryant to injury. Bryant rolled his ankle and suffered a severe sprain on the final play of the game, as he came down awkwardly on his game-winning shot attempt. It appeared as if Dahntay Jones undercut him when he challenged the shot, causing Kobe to hurt himself. This made Kobe angry, and accused Jones of doing it on purpose and referenced the 2000 NBA Finals, when Jalen Rose did something simialar. Kobe said he ‘Jalen Rose’d me.’ Here is Kobe talking about the play and video of it, followed by the play that Kobe referenced from the 2000 Finals, with Jalen Rose admitting that he did it on purpose. There is no way to know if Dahntay Jones did what he did intentionally. It certainly looks like he was just trying to get in Kobe’s face on the play to challenge the final shot. Kobe, to a fault, lets his competitiveness get the best of him, and shouldn’t be accusing anyone of doing what they did on purpose. However, it does show the drive he has, and what makes him [...]
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