HoopsHype Dahntay Jones rumors

March 14, 2013 Updates

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

At the end of his interview, Bryant added: “I can’t get my mind past the fact that I got to wait a year to get revenge.” Bryant later turned to Twitter to express his concern that he was undercut by Jones: "#dangerousplay that should have been called. Period.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* “Leg kick that makes contact with a defensive player is an offense foul. Period. The nba changed that rule 2 yrs ago. Stop it!” * “I have the utmost respect for @kobebryant I would never try to intentionally hurt him. Just wanted to contest the fadeaway #thatsall” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The play jogged Bryant's memory even further than that, all the way back to Game 2 of the 2000 NBA Finals when he played just seven minutes after landing on then-Indiana Pacers guard and ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose's foot. "He Jalen Rose'd me," Bryant said of Jones on Wednesday night. Rose admitted on "The Jalen Rose Show," a podcast on ESPN.com's Grantland Network, back in September that he purposely stepped under Bryant. "I can't say that it was an accident," Rose said. ESPN.com

March 8, 2013 Updates

Before the trade deadline passed, the Boston Celtics had one final choice to make on the franchise's future: In a three-way deal that would've secured Josh Smith and surrendered Paul Pierce to Dallas, Atlanta wanted Boston's first-round draft pick, too. As much as any of the proposed deals discussed in February, perhaps this had been the closest Pierce had come to parting with the Celtics, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Dallas had constructed a package that included Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright and Dahntay Jones to Atlanta, with the Mavericks and Hawks exchanging positions in the 2013 NBA draft. Yahoo! Sports

February 22, 2013 Updates

The Mavs ended up only making a minor deal, sending Dahntay Jones to Atlanta for Anthony Morrow. At one point, however, Cuban says he thought the Mavs would be pulling the trigger on a blockbuster deal at the deadline. “It was crazy,” Cuban said Friday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Ben and Skin Show.” “We thought we had a bunch of things done, literally a bunch of things done. We had teams get cold feet at the last minute. … Things that would have used cap room next year, would have had money next year, that were high-dollar guys, difference-maker guys.” ESPN.com

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Dallas Mavericks guard Dahntay Jones said he recently had a talk with Derek Fisher and discovered how much the 17-year veteran guard was missing his family. But little did Jones know that Fisher would ask the Mavs to release him from his contract, which they did on Saturday. “I knew how he felt about the situation, because we spoke about it, but I didn’t know the severity of the events,'' Jones told the Star- Telegram. "However, this situation did come out of the blue.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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