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Jalen Rose Intentionally Injured Kobe Bryant

Jalen Rose intentionally hurt Kobe Bryant

Former NBA pro Jalen Rose intentionally injured Kobe Bryant during the 2000 NBA Finals.

That revelation comes from Rose on The Jalen Rose Show, a podcast on He claims that when Bryant went up for a shot, Rose himself broke one of basketball’s most important unwritten rules — sticking your foot under an opposing player after contesting a shot. The idea is, that when they come down, they could roll an ankle or worse, rendering them unable to play.

In the 2000 NBA Finals, Rose was playing for the Indiana Pacers against Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Heavy underdogs, the Pacers needed any advantage they could find. L.A. dominated game one, but game two was close. Bryant went up for a shot in the second quarter, and came down on Rose’s foot, injuring himself. He played just nine minutes in that game and missed game three.

Accidents happen, but was it an accident?

“Did you purposely put your foot underneath him when he landed?” producer Dave Jacoby asks, as reported by Ball Don’t Lie. “Don’t lie to me. Jalen, don’t lie to the people.”

“I think I did it on purpose,” Rose says in the video. Later after more prodding he says, “I can’t say it was an accident.”

The Los Angeles Times‘ website showed a video from the finals when the incident took place, and it doesn’t look intentional, but if Rose says it was, who’s to say it wasn’t?

The gambit worked, but not well enough. The Lakers still won game two, but with Bryant out the Pacers got back into the series by winning game three. Bryant played through the pain though and Rose didn’t get his ring after all.

Rose seems to acknowledge karma has already punished him for his actions, suggesting that Bryant’s 81-point performance five years later against the Toronto Raptors — a team Rose was on and a game in which he at times guarded Bryant — was retribution.

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19 Responses to “Jalen Rose Intentionally Injured Kobe Bryant”

  1. Anonymous

    I wonder if Kobe admitted to his wife all his infidelities? Guessing not. At least Jalen admitted to what he did.

  2. Matt Goldseth

    Kobe intentionally injured his wife and a young girl while at a hotel….let's call it even.

  3. DW Holmes

    President Obama made a true statement about professional women athletes in that they represent our country and society very well. He went on to say, they don't end up on sport center for something stupid they said or did. Jalen is a prime example.

  4. Anonymous

    Definition of a hater. Not only irrelevant, but incorrect. Job well done.

  5. Anonymous

    That fella sure is a smarty pants. He's got this fancy way of talkin, I just gotta believe what he's sayin!

    lol help us all

  6. Anonymous

    That's how stupid Jalen is Jim. He thinks it's "hard" that he would intentionally injure Kobe. Gets him that "street cred" that he so desires.

  7. Sonny Sonado

    Right. Intentionally hurting another athlete is very thug-like. It's right up there with those other thugs who rape, murder, and rob. But those acts of violence don't measure up to most thuggish of all thug activity: Intentionally hurting another athlete. Does this mean Kevin Love is a "thug" for stepping on Luis Scola(though he claimed it was an accident)?

  8. Jan Fritz

    He's a thug alright. Trying to hurt another player is right up there with rape, murder, and robbery. Does this make Kevin Love a thug for stepping on Luis Scola?

  9. StarMan Otis Scanes

    Geez, Jalen. Why would you admit to that? I do have to LMAO @ the "stinking thug" comments. Hilarious. Yup, real thugs do things like stick a foot out. No punches to the face, elbows to the jaw. Real thugs stick their foot out. The game has always had players who played dirty. Even the great Larry Bird played dirty. Yeah, he's a thug too. Every player in history was a thug.

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