Kobe Bryant Gets Retroactive Foul On Ricky Rubio

3/28/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

March 25, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Lakers 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsThe only thing worse than a non-call is a retroactive call in a close game, which is exactly what happened on Thursday.

Kobe Bryant blatantly fouled Ricky Rubio on Wednesday night during the very close game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers.

Rubio went up for a 3-pointer with moments left, was bopped by Bryant, and the Lakers won by exactly three points, 120-117.

Bryant quickly made his way off the court.

The next day, the league officially said it was a missed call on Bryant, stating:

"Video review by the league office confirmed that Kobe Bryant fouled Rubio while Rubio was in his shooting motion. Rubio should have been awarded three free throws."


At some point it seems like every team will be on the receiving end of a crucial missed call, like the Lakers were against the Hawks, but it's still a tough pill to swallow if you're Minnesota.

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