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Kobe Bryant tweets that it’s time to quit whining, it’s ‘big boy pants time’ now


Ever since Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant fell into a heap on the floor after spraining his left ankle in a game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, much of the talk surrounding the incident revolved around whether nor not Dahntay Jones fouled Kobe on the play.

Bryant led the missed-foul-call charge, saying after the game that 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.”

Bryant is receiving treatment in Indianapolis, remains out indefinitely and reports indicate that the chances of him suiting up for a game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday were characterized as “not good” and will be a game-time decision.

The NBA later partially agreed with Bryant’s assessment, issuing a statement on its website on Thursday that read:

 With 4.9 seconds remaining in the Atlanta Hawks’ 96-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on March 13, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant attempted a jump shot over the Hawks’ Dahntay Jones. After review at the league office, video replay confirmed that referees missed a foul call on Jones as he challenged Bryant’s shot and did not give him the opportunity to land cleanly back on the floor. Bryant should have been granted two free throws.

Bryant has been taking to Twitter since his injury to express his thoughts on the play.

Kobe next attempted to keep his Twitter followers apprised of the situation by informing them about treatments and his movie-viewing plans:

Then later on Thursday, Kobe tweeted an image of his swollen ankle along with following message:

But a short time later, Bryant appeared to reconsider the stance he has been taking on social media — or at least how he continues to discuss it, tweeting that it was time to put his “big boy pants on,” likely a reference to what he said about teammate Pau Gasol earlier this season.

Ha, indeed, Kobe. Maybe some time twinkling the keys on a piano would him so good. Don’t need your ankle for that activity. Well, not as much as a baseline jumper, at least.