Kobe Bryant was unhappy. Fuming, actually, as he talked about a severely sprained left ankle that would keep him out "indefinitely," according to the Lakers. Bryant suggested that Atlanta Hawks swingman Dahntay Jones caused the sprain by purposely sliding his foot under Bryant while Bryant was still in the air on an 18-foot fadeaway jumper with 3.9 seconds left. Bryant missed the shot and stayed down on the court for about a minute, limping to the locker room for X-rays that showed no broken bones after the Lakers' 96-92 loss Wednesday at Philips Arena. "First and foremost, I think the officials really need to protect shooters," Bryant said. "Defensive players, you can contest shots, but you can't walk underneath players." "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." Jones said on Twitter he was not trying to hurt Bryant, who scored 20 of his 31 points in the third quarter. "Tape doesn't lie," Jones said. "[Bryant's] ankle was turned on the floor after the leg kick out that knocked him off balance. I would never try to hurt the man."
Kobe Bryant sprains ankle on last shot in loss to Hawks
Los Angeles Times | Mar 14