Posted March 14, 2013

NBA: Dahntay Jones fouled Kobe Bryant

NBA

The NBA has announced that a foul should have been called on the Hawks’ Dahntay Jones when he contested a shot that resulted in Kobe Bryant injuring his ankle Wednesday night.

With 3.9 seconds remaining in the Atlanta Hawks’ 96-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on March 13, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant attempted a jump shot over the Hawks’ Dahntay Jones. After review at the league office, video replay confirmed that referees missed a foul call on Jones as he challenged Bryant’s shot and did not give him the opportunity to land cleanly back on the floor. Bryant should have been granted two free throws.

Bryant, who is out indefinitely after severely spraining his ankle, criticized Jones for putting him in danger and game officials for not calling a foul via Twitter Thursday.

Jones disagreed with Bryant’s accusations and offered explanations via Twitter.


27 comments
6marK6
6marK6

I have seen the refs in the NBA miss about 20,000 calls this year. Why does one supposed "missed" call remain a headline story for a week?

alliesohio
alliesohio

And it worked. NO ONE is talking about how badly he selfishly tanked the game for his teammates who played hard enough to win.

6marK6
6marK6

 @alliesohio Once you get the Nike bump the media is not allowed to ever say anything bad about you. I think so many people are accustomed to seeing Kobe shoot that % that they don't know any better now. We have had it beaten in our heads that Kobe is a star and great and everything he does is great. Personally he bores me to no end.

alliesohio
alliesohio like.author.displayName 1 Like

Doesn't anyone get it? Kobe singlehandedly shot LA out of the game 11/33 and blew the final shot. That's why he's whining.

eddie577
eddie577

That was a bush league play. totally intentional.  dirty player.  Atlanta is a desperate team using desperate measures.

dtwin
dtwin

That's an offensive foul. Kobe kicks him before he lands. Pretty simple call, given that the rule was clarified two years ago. But there is no way that's a foul on Jones. As one other comment states, Kobe's move, being non-vertical, simply takes up too much space for Jones to be able to predict a landing area. I guess he should just give him the uncontested shot.

dinosaur
dinosaur like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @dtwin

 Are you completely blind?  First, please read what the actual rule is on the NBA's "leg kick rule".  Now actually watch the video.  Which leg does Kobe kick up?  His right leg.  But where is Dahntay Jones?  On Kobe's left?  Kobe's leg barely kicks out, and even when it does, there is no contact made between it and Jones until when the ball has already almost reached the basket, and at that point, it is JONES that steps into Kobe's leg as his leg is already coming back towards his body.

 

Obviously you're just another biased and ignorant "fan".  Before you say what is or is not a foul, you should know what the rules are about what actually constitutes a foul.  The NBA got this one completely right, too bad it was after the game was over.

 

StevenKeys
StevenKeys

 @dinosaur  @dtwin Cite or quote the NBA "rule" you're claiming.

 

When you get to high school, dino+, you can bone-up on the rules of debate.  Some teachers are helpful.  Hurling childish insults ("blind," "biased" & "ignorant") only makes you look weak.  Until then, keep it clean, try to keep it smart (that's not always easy) and try not to be punk.  "We like it here."

6marK6
6marK6

What!? The referees missed a call this year?

carjax1202
carjax1202

The caption that states.."Dahntay Jones intentionally injured Kobe Bryant"  Is a fricken joke!  I can't stand anymore of this fricken media bias...why is there so much love for that egotistical puke?  Watch the damn video and tell me, how Jones intentionally did this?  He played tough in your face D...Kobe kicks his leg out which will cause him to be off balance on the way down...Jones is facing towards the basket when Kobe is on the way down...so, tell me...how the hell does Jones know where to put his foot in the place of where Kobe's foot is going to come down at??  Is Jones psychic???  This story is getting tired already.  It's called an accident.  Look it up NBA.

JoshNash
JoshNash

 @carjax1202

 I wouldn't say Jones intentionally injured Kobe, but he did intentionally step under him while Kobe was in the air.  Whether the outcome was intended or not, Jones knew what he was doing here.  It's a dirty defensive tactic that a lot of "defensive specialists" use and it needs to be stopped.  Just check out some Bruce Bowen highlights and see how often he undercut opponents 

6marK6
6marK6

You should have "slugged" him, Kobe. Oh that's right, you are a punk!

cstewart2603
cstewart2603

WAAAAHHHH!!!!!

luke775
luke775

@cstewart2603 Haters hate,that's all they know. A subliminal form of retardation. Next time remember it's your bedtime before the tipoff. Baby needs his rest. Kobe will be back soon. Greatest player in the game today. King James is but a prince thus far. King Mamba is what we ought to be saying

carjax1202
carjax1202

 @luke775  @cstewart2603   That's a good one.....Kobe can't hold Lebron's jock today.  It's not haters going to hate..we just hate the guy...and not for what he does on the court...he is one of the greats to play the game (mirroring Jordan's game will do that)  It's what he does off the court and what comes out of his mouth...he's a punk.

JulesG
JulesG

 @carjax1202  @luke775  @cstewart2603 Ironic right....so if he followed Jordan, his off the court antics are right on course. MJ was by FAR the biggest jerk of a human being I have EVER seen in pro basketball, yet here we are talking about Kobe. Makes absolutely no sense and shows how bias and ignorant today's spectators are...

JamieBreslow
JamieBreslow

 @cstewart2603 Right...there's only a playoff hope at stake. Why should any player cry. Let alone Kobe, who is the toughest player in the game and never talks about his injuries unless pressed to do so. You're the one who needs to stop crying....sorry, he's not on your team.

StevenKeys
StevenKeys

This NBA 'wide berth' ruling is a puzzler and problematic for defenders.

 

Bryant, per the video, came down at an angle, not vertically, moving his lower torso / legs forward into the defender's space (Jones).  Isn't the defender entitled to a 'zone of defense,' so to speak?  I'm hard-pressed to foresee how defenders can reasonably accommodate such wide movement by a shooter.  

Tuck
Tuck like.author.displayName 1 Like

For chrissakes! stop ur whinning......The Lakers defend the same way,does he call out Ron Artes(META) when he does the same to opposing players.

 

And why ,is the NBA airing this publicly.

carjax1202
carjax1202

 @Tuck Because the NBA wants to hold onto Kobe for as long as they can, and they know the end is coming for Mr. Bryant...they want people to love him soooo badly..and I don't have a clue why.

JulesG
JulesG

 @carjax1202  @Tuck You don't have a clue because you are not an actual basketball fan, but someone who finds reasons to dislike players like a fickle child. Say say Lebron is better, like both him and Kobe cannot BOTH be great players. Just strange how over the top dumb basketball hecklers disguised as fans have become. I haven't seen a more determined, dedicated to the game, technically and fundamentally sound player in the game in decades. From his footwork, to his nerves in pressure situation, there is no way you can deny him being a great player. Forget all the 2nd grade based opinion IF you are an actual fan of the sport.

TA1
TA1

I just don't see Jones being dirty.  That same sequence happens every night in basketball....NBA quit running to Kobe's endeavors...Kobe, an accident is an accident, so put on your big boy pants and heal as fast as you can...

JohnAContreras
JohnAContreras

 @TA1 @ ''TA-1''READ 'EM AND WEEP http://www.lakersnation.com/lakers-news-kobe-dahntay-jones-battle-not-first-time-incident/2013/03/13/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LakersNation+%28Lakers+Nation%29&utm_content=Yahoo!+MailSTILL THINK HE AIN'T A DIRTY PLAYER NOW?! HE DONE THE SAMETHING IN '09 COINCIDENCE? HELL NO

TA1
TA1

 @JohnAContreras

 Fine, but that play last night was not intentional...Foul maybe...You might try keeping a book of all the times that players have called players "dirty"....Take a look at your team - you have # 1 in peace..