Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  80 responses

Kobe Bryant Accuses Dahntay Jones of Dirty and Dangerous Play

by Marcel Mutoni@ marcel_mutoni

Kobe Bryant went down in a heap late in the game last night, as the Los Angeles Lakers lost 96-92 to the Atlanta Hawks. He’s now listed as being out indefinitely with a severe left ankle sprain, and Kobe is one unhappy fella.

According to Bryant, Dahntay Jones made a dirty and dangerous play as he defended him late in the fourth quarter — comparing it to Jalen Rose’s infamous and successful attempt to injure him back in the 2000 NBA Finals — and he’d like for referees to start doing a better job of protecting jump shooters.

Per the AJC:

“I think officials really need to protect shooters,” Bryant told reporters following the game.

“You can contest shots, but you can’t walk underneath players, that’s dangerous for the shooter … I’m always conscious of it. When I go to contest shots I’m always very conscious about making sure I don’t walk underneath them. It’s just a very, very dangerous play. Especially if I’m fading away, there’s no rhyme or reason why I should come down anywhere near somebody’s foot.”

Dahntay Jones defended himself on Twitter, and added that he has the utmost respect for the Lakers superstar.

Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, posted an image of the X-Ray on her husband’s swollen ankle. There’s no telling when he’ll return to game action, as the Lakers cling on to the 8th Playoff seed.

Naturally, Kobe Bryant’s thoughts turned to vengeance when discussing the injury with reporters: “I can’t get my mind past the fact that I got to wait a year to get revenge.”

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  • KevinJohnsonFan

    It was dirty and stupid. Intentional or not.

  • spit hot fiyah

    somewhere Bruce Bowen and his bow tie are smiling

  • Vince

    Although the history between Dahntay and Kobe isn’t all roses, I have a hard time believing that play was intentional, when you look at the replay it just seems like Jones was bodying him up like any good defender should. If anything I think Kobe is playing between the old beef between them. I say that the play was unintentional, its open to interpretation but thats what I see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    Bruce Bowen even thought that was dirty on espn lol

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy

    when I look at the replay, I see Dahntay trying to go underneath Kobe AFTER he contested the shot, you just never ever do that, for me that’s just a cheap shot, the contest was good but no need to extend your right leg the way he did it.

  • Anthony Dixon

    kobe should stop kicking and defenders should give landing room.

  • Mike Mihalow

    I don’t think it was intentional, it was just careless.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Irrelevant. Dahntay came down right where Kobe was going to be landing. Nowhere for him to land except on Dahntay’s foot. Watch the video.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    He definitely went under him after Kobe got the shot off. He didn’t need to do that.

  • snoop

    Tats what i tought too. The hawks were up 2 points with under 5 seconds to go and Kobe (a known clutch player) has the ball in his hands, all dahntay was thinking of at this moment was prevent kobe from scoring.

  • Anthony Dixon

    read what i just said

  • TV63

    NOt a Laker fan but KObe is right on this. Refs have to start doing their job on this dirty play. It happened to Irving earlier this year too. Just cheap ass shots to hurt players by losers. Number 1 priority should be to protect players from this ongoing cheap and dirty play and go from there. What a damn shame this happen and JOnes got away with it.

  • st3ph3n

    Could you give me an example of a dirty unintentional play?

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Kicking has nothing to do with defenders giving space. This isn’t on Kobe at all. 100% on Dahntay. Shane Battier defends Kobe on shots perfectly regardless of whether he tries to draw a foul by kicking or not.

  • Anthony Dixon

    “defenders should give landing room”

  • ctk

    ONLY a story cuz its Kobe


    You dont body up in the air

  • fafea

    really? after 17 years?

  • Bruno

    Jalen Rose told the story when he did that to Kobe, this is the same damn thing, it was intentional

  • Fat Lever

    I thought his interview this morning on the radio was hilarious. He’s talking about giving jumpshooters space on landing when he was consistently the dirtiest player when it came to putting his foot in the landing area of a shooter.

  • snoop

    Jalen Rose fouled Kobe in the first quarter in game 2 of a best of 7 Finals-series. Here i can see why someone would fould kobe intentionally.

    Dahntay Jones fouled Kobe in the last 5 seconds of a regular season game. They dont even play in the same conference, so they wont see each other in the playoffs. Why should Dahntay injure him on purpose?

    Maybe because he really hates kobe , or maybe because he’s a big Utah Jazz fan. Other than that it doesn’t make sense to me.

  • Dubz

    Freak accidents happen like this all the time, but since it happened to Kobe, Jones is a dirty player now? SMH

  • tomtom

    Dirty because it is a sneaky, dangerous way to put off a shoot because you make them think about their landing to avoid injury. Unintentional because he didn’t specifically mean for Kobe to hurt himself.

  • LobCity

    That sounds intentional lol

  • http://twitter.com/SupermanayrB B!

    YouTube fade away jump shots. EVERYBODY kicks their leg on a fade away.

  • Hursty

    Interesting that Kobe wants protection for shooters, but he was also the primary culprit of excessively kicking out his legs on jumpshots back in the mid-late 2000′s, as well as throwing elbows out towards defenders faces on shot-fakes.
    (This has nothing to do with the injury he sustained last night, just felt it was worth bringing up/mentioning.)

  • nike_head

    They had an incident back when Jones played in Denver in playoffs. I don’t recall the specifics if it though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    “A known clutch player” lol

  • Drig

    Tripped Kobe. Pushed Kobe. Just tried to do anything that he could get away with. Also think he pulled at his jersey once Kobe went past him and was going sideways…..

  • shockexchange

    Horry Jr is right on this one. Most guys try to put a hand in the shooter’s face, but Dahntay Jones was clearly more focused on “getting a foot under the shooter’s foot.” The Shock Exchange can think of a hundred outcomes from that scenario, and none of them are positive. Somewhere Blake Griffin’s going, ” I woulda smacked Dahntay Jones if he had intentional tried to break my ankle.”

  • robb

    Straight to hell!!!

  • Max

    Try to fade without kicking your legs.

  • zogs19994


  • bike

    Probably a little bit of dirty combined with a critical play combined with tight defense by Jones combined with Kobe’s shooting style. That business of Kobe extending his left leg on his jump shots and coming down on one foot elevates the odds of an awkward landing.

    No worries. He will be back shortly.

    He is Kobe Motherf’in Bryant.

  • LakeShow

    Dahntay Jones is too stupid to think of doing this on purpose to harm Bean. He was just trying to stop the best closer post All Star break from doing just that.

    It should have been a foul in my estimation.
    There’s allot of activity I think the refs should let go, going underneath shooters isn’t one of them.
    Hopefully he’ll have a quick recovery, for basketballs sake.

  • LakeShow

    This is the first time I have read that word without shouting it in my mind… It’s actually more funny when just said plainly in a sentence lol.

  • LakeShow

    Is it your new thing just to say stupid stuff every day?

  • LakeShow


  • LakeShow

    Why do you have to make me upvote you with these gems dammit!

  • tomtom

    The intent was to put him off his shot, not to injure but the play was still dirty.

  • havoc33

    You obviously never took a fadeaway in your life.

  • Max

    I even spelled it wrong lol.

  • Redd

    I had to wait til’ I got home & saw the replay again to say this but now I can without doubt. Kobe kicked his leg out, which is now illegal in the NBA.

    Kobe’s a damn liar, that was on him.

  • Anthony Dixon

    me and u both know that they kick to draw fouls alot.

  • Comment_System

    cot dammit…*upvote*

  • Comment_System

    uhh jones has always had that reputation…

  • Anthony Dixon

    lol of course they kick but kobe does it intentionally sometimes

  • shockexchange

    Not true. A defender is usually in two positions once the jump shooter is in the air: (i) putting a hand in the shooter’s face or (ii) turning to box out. Jones did neither one of those. Back in the day, Bill Cartwright had a penchant for “accidentally” hurting players due to his clumsiness and lack of coordination. Once the league starting fining him, miraculously, the “accidents” stopped.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford
  • havoc33

    and this time he did not

  • havoc33

    you can’t be serious. When does a player NOT kick out when doing a fadeaway? It’s obvious you never played much basketball yourself. Watch it again, and see the angle from above, baseline. Kobe is fading away from Dahntay, yet Dahntay closed up after Kobe released the shot, and now you see Kobe has nowhere to land. This is all on Dahntay at this point. Bruce Bowen had a good breakdown of it, and he would know what the heck he’s talking about.

  • Drig

    Any fadeaway involves kicking out legs. Wasn’t a mistake on Kobe’s part. Now that I’ve watched the replays again, I do think his act was intentional. And his reaction was pathetic.

    Anyways, I’m not too worried about LAL losing the 8th seed. The Jazz might end up on a 3 game losing streak the following week. Kobe’s ankle’s images kinda makes me worried that he’ll even miss his game with the Wizards……Perhaps him and Pau are gonna return together next week.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    That’s exactly what I was thinking. It’s difficult to prove whether such a play is intentional or not as he’s playing within the rules and we can’t get in his head. But what a careless play. the league should definitely examin this. It shouldn’t be allowed to cover so much ground and ending up body to body on a player coming down after a fade away shot. I can’t think of another gameplay situation where that’s even encouraged let alone legal, other than in a trap situation or something.

  • robb

    LMAO that was pretty funny dude

  • ThatManSam

    From looking at these comments, I must be the only one that raises their knee when doing a fadeaway

  • bill

    Yeah, Jones should’ve just backed off and let the best clutch shooter in the game, who is currently playing some of his best ball ever, shoot it to win the game with 2 seconds left…as if it was just an ordinary regular shot in the middle of the game. Just so the pearl clutchers won’t whine about dirty plays.

  • MasterSplinter


  • MasterSplinter

    @ Dubz…. stop posting comments without doing any sort of research or having knowledge.

  • MasterSplinter

    Seriously…..try it. See how awkward it feels. If you think his kicking out on the fade away in any way contributed to the ankle injury, than your mother is a horrible example of what to consume while pregnant….Or you know nada about basketball. Which one is it?

  • MasterSplinter

    @ Anthony Dixon……..You can try to defend the stupidity in your comments all you want, but common….are you REALLY trying to tell me fade aways are to draw fouls????!……..Slap yourself.

  • MasterSplinter

    That’s as ignorant as if somebody tried to murder Obama…. People try to commit murder every day, but of course it’s going to be a story because it’s Kobe Captain Fricken Obvious. What did you hope to achieve with such an astute comment?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Posted it in the other thread, but I’ll paste it here:

    Him getting that close to Kobe (he slides under the vicinity of where his legs will land) is not a natural basketball play. If that was the case, shooters would be going down left and right across the NBA. Usually, defenders jump up and move their hands closer to the shooter to block their shot/vision, while keeping their legs away from the shooter’s legs.

    There is a reason why these types of injuries are rare – most defenders avoid doing the action that Jones did after the shot. Kobe has taken how many fadeaways over 17 years? And this has happened only twice – both times when the defender has slid his feed under Kobe’s landing spot and kept it there.

    It may not have been intentional on Jones part, but it sure looks like it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Well, the NBA reviewed it and determined it a foul (officially), so you were right on that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    This has been an issue since the days of Bruce Bowen and before. Its an unwritten rule in basketball.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doe.columbus Doe Columbus

    NBA step up and protect your superstars!!

  • Redd

    That’s instinct, he lost Kobe & tried to still defend, you’re saying after a guy pulls back & has begun to release his shot(likely releasing before u shoot) you’d calculate that & stop playing D?

    Na, and Kobe himself has adapted the Dirk jumper (openly stating) which is the kick out to force a defender to make room.

  • Dubz

    Ok I guess we can make the easy assumption that Kobe is a dirty player too then cuz he’s had plenty if dirty plays. Other than Jones’ trip against kobe what other dirty play has he been a part of?

  • Dubz

    Pushing is part of the game bud, happens all the time. Geez SMH

  • Anthony Dixon

    lol is it that serious bro? Kobe feeding you?

  • T-man

    LMAO!!! OUCH!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jab.ras.7 Jab Ras

    so much ether

  • Lloyd

    *slow clap*

  • MasterSplinter

    Kobe has to feed me so I can recognize ignorance and a lack of basketball knowledge?

  • MasterSplinter

    So your telling me you’ve never seen somebody in a pick up game, or a game that isn’t related to a playoff type atmosphere try to injure somebody?

  • shutup

    I voted down on the other thread so I’d figure I’d do it here too. See my other reply…haven’t figured out how to do that darn copy paste ish, computers hurt my head. (this comment contains sarcasm)

  • Anthony Dixon

    For you to insult someones mother , he has to be. Or u must be a groupie .Either way you must be a child.

  • buppie

    I’m surprised Kobe didn’t begin his crybaby routine by throwing Shaq under the bus like he did in Colorado.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Does nobody remember when Kobe added that ridiculous arm swing to every jumpshot he took to make sure players gave him enough space on his jumper? He cold-cocked a few folks with it a few years back and got fined. I think he needs to chill with the comments about dirty play. Plus, when you watch the replay it wasn’t even obviously dirty.

  • pposse

    yeah he gave ginobli a black eye with that move, then the NBA suspended him for a game..he tried to play it off like that was a natural hand motion when you get fouled.

  • nike_head

    Two hand shoves in the back is not part of the game…..