West Coast rap veteran Ice Cube is sticking with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant through the end, recently taking a shot at the Atlanta Hawks’ Dahntay Jones for injuring the five-time NBA champion.
In Cube’s perspective, Jones played dirty in a close-fought game to beat his Lakers last week.
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)
Last week, Kobe called out the Hawks guard for his dangerous defense.
“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.” 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.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
This week, Brooklyn rapper Fabolous spoke to SOHH about being a Lakers fan because of Kobe and the fact Bryant’s career is nearing the end.
“He’s played a long time,” Fab added when asked for his take on Kobe’s retirement coming sooner than later. “It’s looking like it’s at the end of his career. But you know, he could still ball with the best of ‘em. Whenever he go, he’s still going to be looked at as one of the greatest.” (SOHH)
As of yesterday, Kobe is out indefinitely with an ankle injury as the Lakers try to make a late season run to the post season.
Kobe Bryant didn’t play Sunday night in the Los Angeles Lakers 113-102 victory against the Sacramento Kings as he was recovering from a severely sprained left ankle as well as the flu. He is considered doubtful for Monday’s game vs. Phoenix, according to the Lakers. “He’s still a little bit under the weather, but he’ll come and try to go before the game and then he’ll decide whether he can go or not,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said after the team’s shootaround Sunday. Bryant did not participate in the shootaround. (ESPN)
Check out Ice Cube’s interview: