Unsurprisingly, Jones stuck by the play as legitimate defense.
Tape doesn’t lie. Ankle was turned on the floor after the leg kick out that knocked him off balance. I would never try to hurt the man— Dahntay
Leg kick that makes contact with a defensive player is an offense foul. Period. The nba changed that rule 2 yrs ago. Stop it!— Dahntay
I have the utmost respect for @kobebryant I would never try to intentionally hurt him. Just wanted to contest the fadeaway #thatsall— Dahntay
While, even less surprisingly, Kobe came to a different conclusion.
#dangerousplay that should have been called. Period.— Kobe Bryant
And he said this in a postgame interview.
“I just can’t get over the fact that I have to wait a year to get revenge … You can’t walk underneath players, that’s dangerous for the shooter. He Jalen Rose’d me.”
It’s a reference to the 2000 NBA Finals, when Jalen Rose, then a member of the Indiana Pacers, stuck his leg out underneath Kobe and got away with it.
(Kobe being Kobe, he also added a later tweet about recuperating from the ankle sprain — which will keep him out indefinitely — in kind of a weird way.)
Compression. Ice. Django. Zero Dark Thirty. This is Forty and 1 hour of sleep. #countonwill #countonhaters. On to the next.— Kobe Bryant
Kobe’s wife Vanessa sent out this somewhat confusing shot of his swollen ankle after the game.
Words are almost inadequate, but a few come to mind. Harrowing. Abhorrent. Flamboyant Lil’ Bo Peep.