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Analysis: the fouls that got Kobe mad before his homophobic slur

April 14th, 2011 1 comment

We all know Kobe Bryant got into a lot of trouble this week by uttering that infamous homophobic slur. But no one is really talking about the fouls called against him that preceded it.

Well, we take a closer look in the video below.

Kobe was guarded by the Spurs’ James Anderson, battling for position in the post. Anderson was backing into Kobe, and Kobe responded by using his body to get position against Anderson’s moving into him. Both players were making contact with each other, but nothing in our opinion to warrant a foul just against Kobe.

We actually think it should have been a no-call, but if referee Bennie Adams was going to call a foul, he should have called a double-foul on both players because they were equally going after it. Believe us, we’re not Kobe fans nor Laker fans. Just being impartial.

A few seconds later, Kobe got T’d up for a “respect of the game” violation by complaining to Adams demonstrably. Although we think this new rule is silly, Adams’ calling a tech on Kobe isn’t unusual based on what we saw other refs call this season.

We can understand how a self-proclaimed “old schooler” like Kobe could get frustrated by two violations called against him when back in the 90’s when he was a rookie (or a generation before when his father played in the NBA), those fouls would have been unheard of. Not an excuse for yelling what he did, though.

Note: we haven’t included video of Kobe yelling the slur. There’s no sense in doing it, and a quick Google search will reveal what he said that has two words, both starting with “F.”