Kobe Bryant out indefinitely, sprains ankle in ‘dirty and dangerous play’ (Video)
Losing 96-92 in the close game against the Atlanta Hawks wasn’t the only loss the Los Angeles Lakers suffered Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant is now out indefinitely due to a sprained ankle.
With just seconds left to go in the game, Bryant missed a shot that could have potentially tied the game but instead landed him an injury. The Associated Press reports that despite the x-rays being negative, Bryant called it the worst ankle sprain of his career.
The injury has now turned into a tale of two sides, as Bryant told Yahoo! Sports that Hawks’ defender Dahntay Jones “threw his hip and lower body into mine on the shot. That’s a foul with 100 percent certainty. Dirty and dangerous play. Doesn’t belong in the game.”
Meanwhile, Jones is defending himself by posting several messages on his Twitter, including one that read, “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.”
Bryant doesn’t know when he’ll be able to return to the court, but he does know that he’s ready to get back at Jones. “I can’t get my mind past the fact that I’ve got to wait a year to get revenge,” Bryant said.
Both teams next play on Friday night, with the Lakers facing the Indiana Pacers and the Hawks taking on the Phoenix Suns.