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Kobe says he was injured on 'dirty and dangerous' play

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04:38 PM ET 03.14 | Kobe Bryant is out "indefinitely" after severely spraining his ankle on a controversial play in the final moments of the Lakers 96-92 loss to the Hawks on Wednesday. After Kobe missed a fade-away shot in the final seconds that would have tied the game, he landed awkwardly on the foot of Dahntay Jones, a play he called "dirty and dangerous" and said "doesn't belong in the game." Jones was crowding Kobe as he defended him, ending up under Kobe as the jumper was released, which didn't leave a lot of room for Kobe to come down. Although Jones denied any intent to injure him, the two players have a history of on-court incidents, most notably in the 2009 Western Conference Finals, when Jones, then a member of the Nuggets, received a flagrant foul for tripping the Lakers star.

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March 14, 2013  05:22 PM ET

Wasn't dirty, sucks for the Lakers though.

Hopefully the stars around the league heal up for the second season.

March 14, 2013  05:25 PM ET

It looked like a good clean defensive play to me!!! The only thing that concerns me, is why Jones is "High fiving" his teammates, while Kobe is on the ground in pain???

March 14, 2013  05:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It looked like a good clean defensive play to me!!! The only thing that concerns me, is why Jones is "High fiving" his teammates, while Kobe is on the ground in pain???

I'm hoping it had more to do with the shot missing than Kobe being down. Nuggets probably thought "Vino" was pulling the old Euro flop and didn't think him to be actually hurt.

March 14, 2013  05:58 PM ET

Dirty play. Getting under players is a dangerous move, I tore my ACL that way. Not the first major injury this season because of a dirty defensive move.

March 14, 2013  06:04 PM ET

Just heard on the radio. NBA says officials should have called the foul on Jones.

March 14, 2013  06:21 PM ET

<makes note to send Dahntay Jones a xmas card>

March 14, 2013  06:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Just heard on the radio. NBA says officials should have called the foul on Jones.

Shocking.

I wonder if they would've come out and made such an announcement for a role player, bench guy....or anyone not named Kobe or Lebron.

Highly unlikely.

March 14, 2013  06:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Shocking. I wonder if they would've come out and made such an announcement for a role player, bench guy....or anyone not named Kobe or Lebron. Highly unlikely.

Jones has history of being dirty. Sorry jet.

March 14, 2013  06:54 PM ET

When the shooter (Bryant in this case) goes up the defender (Jones) slides his foot forward so the shooter will awkwardly come down on it, resulting in an injured ankle for the shooter. Bruce Bowen mastered that move!

March 14, 2013  07:01 PM ET

Is this the same Kobe Bryant who would swing out his arms and hit a defender in the face with they blocked his shot from the back or side?

Kettle I want you to call the pot black.

March 14, 2013  07:05 PM ET

did oyu guys know that kick your leg out is also a foul? its so obvious that the lakers are the darlings of the nba, i guess they have to be with all the bandwagoners.

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March 14, 2013  07:39 PM ET

Quit your cryin' Kobe!

March 14, 2013  07:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Is this the same Kobe Bryant who would swing out his arms and hit a defender in the face with they blocked his shot from the back or side? Kettle I want you to call the pot black.

word.

March 14, 2013  07:58 PM ET

Good defense, good no call. Goodnight......period

March 14, 2013  11:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Is this the same Kobe Bryant who would swing out his arms and hit a defender in the face with they blocked his shot from the back or side? Kettle I want you to call the pot black.

Shocking isn't it?

March 15, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Dahntay Jones Sucks, Bros.

March 15, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Dahntay Jones Sucks, Bros.

That was the best you could do, Jack??

 
March 15, 2013  10:33 AM ET

Here's a cookie Kobe.. are you happy now?

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