HoopsHype Dahntay Jones rumors

April 26, 2013 Updates
March 18, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant is right ... Atlanta Hawks player Dahntay Jones is a dirty cheater who knew what he was doing when he hurt the Black Mamba on the court last week ... at least according to Lakers superfan Ice Cube. Cube -- decked out in Lakers gear -- was at LAX this weekend when we asked the rap legend about Kobe's claim that Jones cheap-shotted him during a fadeaway jumper last week ... causing Bryant to injure his ankle. "It's kinda whack when you gotta cheat to win," Cube said ... saying, "But [Kobe's] a champ, he'll come back. That ankle will be strong." TMZ.com

Dahntay Jones joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about his play at the end of the Hawks-Lakers game that injured Kobe Bryant, what the etiquette is for a defender when an offensive player takes a jumper, what he makes of the NBA saying they would have called a foul during that play, his history with Kobe Bryant, whether he has tried to reach out to Bryant since the incident, and whether he is surprised by the amount of attention the play has received. His take on the play that injured Kobe Bryant: “It’s the same take as it was after the game. I just tried to make the best basketball play possible. At that point in time, my role was to try to get a stop for our team and I just tried to get close enough to contest the shot and try to make him see a body instead of having a wide open look at the basket.” Sports Radio Interviews

On his history with Kobe Bryant: “We really don’t have a history. We had two incidents that happened in a playoff series but there have been many games in between there where nothing has happened, period. I have a lot of respect for him, his career and what he’s done. I don’t have any problems with him at all.” It sounds like there is a little more to this with Kobe talking about Revenge, doesn’t it? “He’s a competitor and I guess in this situation he feels like he was wronged and he is upset about it. There’s no bad blood and there haven’t been any situations where we have gotten into it in any manner, except for the one incident in the Western Conference Finals.” Sports Radio Interviews

March 17, 2013 Updates

Some players are upset with Dahntay Jones for the play that injured Kobe Bryant. Here's one strongly worded text: Dahntay Jones insists he didn't intentionally injure Kobe Bryant during Wednesday's game, when Bryant landed on Jones' foot after attempting a game-tying shot. However, there are some players who blame Jones for the injury and who have been very critical of him. Here's what one anonymous player texted me: "What's up with Dahntay Jones? It's f***ed up what he did. He needs a huge fine and suspension. He can't be hurting guys, man." Jones wasn't fined or suspended for the controversial play. In fact, he wasn't even called for a foul. However, on Thursday, the NBA released a statement saying that officials should have called a foul on the play and granted Bryant two free throws. Sulia

March 15, 2013 Updates

Cavs guard Daniel Gibson fired away at the Atlanta Hawks’ Dahntay Jones this morning, calling the play in which he injured Kobe Bryant a “dirty play” and inferred that Jones is a dirty player. “I think that was a dirty play,” Gibson said. “He’s been known to be a guy to do that.” Akron Beacon Journal

“It’s a very dangerous play,” Gibson said. “You’re vulnerable. There’s nothing you can do besides land. When you start worrying about it, that’s when you start missing shots and that’s what the defender is trying to do – make you think about landing and where you’re coming down.” Akron Beacon Journal

The reaction in the Mavericks’ locker room was mixed about the play former teammate Dahntay Jones had against Kobe Bryant on Wednesday night. Jones, who was traded to Atlanta for Anthony Morrow last month, stepped under Bryant at the end of the Hawks’ win. Bryant said it was a dangerous and dirty play. Jones said it was good defense. “It was a 50-50 play,” said Brandan Wright. Added Darren Collison: “Tough play. That’s all I can say about it.” Dallas Morning News

March 14, 2013 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers' playoff lives flashed in front of their collective eyes on Wednesday night in a loss to Atlanta, when Kobe Bryant's game-tying attempt in the final seconds ended with him heaped on the floor with a severely sprained left ankle. It remains to be seen if Bryant will be sidelined, but a person with knowledge of the situation said on Thursday afternoon that, "Kobe doesn't look good, but with Kobe you never know." The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team wasn't prepared to provide an update of the situation just yet. USA Today Sports

Longtime Lakers foil Bruce Bowen actually sided with Bryant to a degree, a somewhat surprising development from the former player who was similarly accused of sticking his feet under airborne players and was called "Edward Scissorhands" by former Lakers coach Phil Jackson for his rough hands-on play. "[Jones] took away his space and in the game, you're supposed to give the offensive player a place to land," Bowen, the former San Antonio forward, told ESPN radio. "You saw Kobe fade away and you saw Dahntay Jones kind of continue to move in his direction. It should have been a foul call there." Los Angeles Times

Referees should have called Atlanta Hawks forward Dahntay Jones for a foul on Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the final seconds of Atlanta's victory Wednesday, the NBA announced Thursday. With five seconds remaining and the Lakers trailing 94-92 in the fourth quarter, Bryant took a 18-foot fadeaway baseline jumper and missed. With Jones putting pressure on the shot, Bryant landed on Jones' foot with 4.9 seconds left and sustained a severely sprained left ankle. He is out indefinitely, hurting the Lakers' playoff chances. USA Today Sports

Bryant suffered what the Lakers are calling a severely sprained ankle in the final seconds and is out indefinitely. He later suggested the Hawks' Dahntay Jones, whose foot he landed on, causing the injury, should've done more to get out of the way after his shot. Really? He's not going to get much sympathy from the Hawks. With Teague (ankle) and Smith (knee) out of the lineup, joining Zaza Pachulia and Lou Williams, even the most optimistic of athletes like Horford figured to have some doubts about how this night would unfold. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“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.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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