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League Says Kobe Was Fouled, Refs Missed It

The NBAs league office agrees with Kobe Bryant.

Not that it does any good.

Kobe said after the game that Dahntay Jones intentionally stepped under him, didnt give him room to land and that led to Kobe getting a sprained ankle. Kobe said Jones should have been called for a foul. The league issued a statement that didnt look into intent but agreed with Kobe.

Lakers fans will say so what that statement and four bucks will get you a latte at Starbucks. It does not change the end of the game, it does not change the ankle sprain Kobe suffered and could miss games because of it.

Kobe spent Thursday trying to limit his time off the court by getting treatment. When Kobe gets injured, he approaches treatment like he approaches working out or attacking the rim off the pick-and-roll hes all in.

Between tweets about how bitter he is feeling about the injury, Kobe tweeted that he was going to get one hour of sleep last night so he could keep the treatments going. The Lakers said that on the road Lakers long-time trainer Gary Vitti would have a couple of treatment sessions with Kobes ankle.

Its unlikely that Kobe returns to the court Friday night against Indiana or maybe another few games according to the buzz around the team, but I wouldnt bet against him trying to get on the court sooner rather than later. Kobe has played through torn ligaments and busted fingers if its not going to make things worse, if its a matter of pain management, hell go. The problem is with ankles once sprained they are more susceptible to re-injury. Kobe has to get his ankle strong enough to get past that point where it keeps getting injured. And we dont know where that line is, yet.

For more on this story visit: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports Basketball Talk


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