Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 1:10 pm  |  43 responses

Video: Kobe Bryant Flagrantly Fouls Kenneth Faried

A clearly frustrated Kobe Bryant attempted to halt yet another Nuggets fastbreak last night, by clobbering high-flying forward Kenneth Faried. The rook looked momentarily out of it after the hit, quite understandably. The Denver Post got reactions from both Bryant and Faried: “Question: Did Bryant go for the ball and the block at all? ‘No,’ Faried replied. ‘He was mad. Their team was frustrated.’ [...] ‘I was genuinely trying to swipe at the ball as it was going up,’ Bryant said. ‘It was unfortuante I hit him in the head. Nothing was intentional. I was just tyring to make a play on the ball.’”

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  • Michelle

    Kobe was going for the ball but didnt care if he would hit Faried in the proces but if you take a closer look what Barnes did then you will see what intentional is

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Good foul don’t see a problem with it.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    I believe Kobe was trying to make a play on the ball. The Barnes Street Bully Matt Barnes damn sure wasnt tho! But Kobe was just trying to foul him (without giving up an and one) and Faried’s dreads got in the way!!

  • Brian

    Kobe was obviously going for the ball. Look at where his hand is aiming for. It gets to the ball, but his arms momentum gets to Farieds head.

  • MAS


  • Bt

    ^ Almost as easy as learning to use the caps lock key

  • MAS


  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    LOL @Bt

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Good, hard basketball foul. I missed the 2nd half, was he called for a flagrant?

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Yes he was Meat Hook.

  • fruizm

    I thought Faried was unconscious…but then he made the free throws! Take that!!

  • youngmuggsy

    If that was a play on the ball, it was one of the most clumbsy and unco-ordinated attempts in NBA history.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    that was scary, dude looked shook for a second

  • Yesse

    I don’t know why people think this is a big deal.

    I think the play is between a hard foul or a soft flagrant foul. I’m also glad, that Kobe showed some good sportsmanship to make sure that he is ok.

  • bakers’-dozen

    I saw the game when it happened and watched every replay. He goes straight for the head. When you try to make a play on the ball, you don’t attempt to go THROUGH the man wiht it. Kobe knows better. He was trying to spark his team, but Denver went on a 33-11 run after that point. Denver’s taking this series tomorrow night.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Barnes foul was nowhere near as bad as Kobe.
    And if you really believe that wild swing was a true attempt on the ball on Kobe’s part, well hey, what can I say?

  • Heals

    Flagrant 2 if the roles were reversed, that was no play on the ball. Barkley and Ap are right…

  • RunNGun

    That’s an automatic flagrant foul. Should have been called on both Bryant and Barnes… suspension?

  • Bill

    Hey, Lakers, stop throwing whiny hissy fits every time you can’t close out a series.

  • Justin

    Looks legit.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Lol, guess Kobe couldn’t pull off a replication of the flu game.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Thanks, T-Ray. I don’t think he was attempting to avoid Faried’s head, but it’s nothing close to say Kenyon Martin clubbing T-Mac like a seal.

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    Flagrant. He went straight for his head.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    he was going for one of those lebron type chase-down block, but he doesn’t have the athleticism to do it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You think Kobe doesn’t know he can’t get up with Faried? We are talking about arguably the player with the highest basketball IQ on the planet.
    Kobe meant to foul the piss out of Faried, and not get in too much trouble.

  • http://www.nicekicks.com Chris

    Hard foul very well disguised as a play for the ball. Pretty much the perfect play to keep Faried looking over his shoulder on every break now. Ron Artest and Bynum should take note, that’s how you foul the sht out of someone without getting suspended.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Albie, Kobe did the exact block you say he is incapable of doing due to his lack of athleticism in either game 1 or 2 of this series.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    They just didn’t want Faried to have an easy dunk. Speaking of dunks, Faried was also at the Drew League this summer during the lockout. And there was this one play, a fastbreak, Faried is trailing the ball handler. When they get near the basket, the ball handler just throws the ball up. Faried gets up there, catches the ball to throw it down. Thing is, he jumped (he was about one foot inside the paint) forward AND up and was so high in up the air that he basically had to wait to come down before he could attempt to dunk the ball. He missed but the whole gym just went nuts. So I understand that Kobe and the other guys were afraid to be embarrassed. That kid can really get up there. LOL.

  • Mike Mihalow

    Should be a flagrant 2. Suspend Kobe a game. It was completely unnecessary. Barnes already had him fouled. I’m sure since its Kobe, he’ll get away with a slap on the wrist. If it had been Artest, he’d be suspended another 3 games.

  • G$

    Who is Kobe Bryant? That old dude who clubbed Faried on the break? Didn’t his dad play ball back in the day? Kobe huh? Doesn’t ring a bell…

  • http://hotmail.com Gangsta

    Let everybody lay off ma man Kobe!!! The Lakers have made it hard 4 theyselvez but will come thru I’m sure.

  • bakers’-dozen

    The NBA gives ‘stars’ too much credibility.

  • http://hotmail.com Gangsta

    This website iz provin 2 be the best basketball site worldwide.

  • jayrose

    That phag kobe shouldve got a flagrnt 2 and be suspended.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    Man, Theres times i swipe for the ball like that just because im trying to throw that sh** out of bounds. if you get hit, my bad, but thats not my intentions.

  • http://www.slamonline.com The riddler

    Dam shut up people are so sensitive it was hard foul nothing more. He was straight acting if he was so out of it why did he get right up and make two free throws all quick . Just relax you guys swear

  • http://360special.blogspot.ca dev0

    I really thought Faried looked out of it when he was getting up. He kind of opened his eyes slowly and looked around like he didn’t know where he was. Then he went on doing what he was doing; Manimalling on everybody. Dayum.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    That was about as much of a play for the ball as Rondo’s slap on Brad Miller’s forehead.

  • http://www.thesmashbrothas.com zen garden

    just a grown man playoff foul nothing more

  • Dre Baller

    to me it was just a good old playoff foul. all these new gen players are too frail. imagine if that was blake griffin. he would have at least flown off to the third row as if he was shot or stepped on a landmine

  • White Mamba

    I would’ve blocked that weak sh!t!

  • Heals

    As a C’s fan I co-sign Teddy and also agree with zen, but think Flagrant2 cause the League has lowered whatever bar they set for flagrant fouls compared to 80′s and Knicks/Heat/Pacers days of the Eastern Conference…

  • http://Somethingsomething Ugh

    What puzzles me is how someone can get a soft foul on the back of the head and look THAT stunned when he opens his eyes. He looked like a bear waking up from hibernation! Are these guys taking acting classes for the cameras now, or did I miss him getting a concussion?