Source: NBA told Wolves refs erred, Ricky Rubio was fouled by Kobe Bryant (video)
According to a person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not yet been made, the Star Tribune is reporting that the NBA contacted the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday to inform the team that the referees erred by not calling a foul on Kobe Bryant for interfering with Ricky Rubio’s desperation three-pointer at the conclusion of Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The NBA reportedly told the T’Wolves that Kobe’s contact with Rubio’s wrist as he attempted the three three-point shot that would have tied the game. Instead, no foul was called and the Lakers won the game, 120-117.
Video of the play in question follows.
Rubio was despondent immediately after the play, holding up his arms in disbelief that no foul call was made. In the locker room afterward, Rubio said, “I don’t like to lose. I hate it. Sometimes it’s tough when you give everything and something like that happens. Just keep going through, it’s tough, it’s tough.”
When later asked if he believed he could have made the shot without Kobe’s interference, Rubio said, “I don’t want to think about it.”
When Rubio was then asked whether or not Kobe was receiving superstar treatment on the non-call, he said, “I mean, what do you want me to say? I don’t know.”
It looks like this frustrating grind of a season is finally taking its toll on the young point guard. No more happy-go-lucky statements from Rubio. At least on Wednesday night.
Timberwolves head coach was even more reluctant to rip the referees, knowing how those kind of statements usually pan out for those critical of officiating when the NBA brings the hammer down. “You’re not going to goad me into that,” said Adelmann, “It was tough all night long, really tough.”
This isn’t the first time Rubio has had an unfortunate encounter with Bryant on the court. You may recall that it was a collision with Kobe last March during a game that caused Rubio’s season-ending knee injury last season: