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Kobe Bryant "disgusted" at the officiating in Philippines vs China
HONOLULU - Kobe Bryant was reportedly "very disappointed" with the lack of professionalism displayed by the FIBA referees and the stadium security.

The media caught up with Kobe Bryant after practice at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Stan Sheriff Center and asked him several questions regarding his health and the upcoming preseason exhibition between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz.

When asked whether he watched the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship tournament the Black Mamba said, "I watched the finals. Yeah, the Chinese national team vs the Philippines."



"It would've been fun to see Jordan Clarkson there," Bryant said. Clarkson was supposed to be part of the Gilas Pilipinas squad but because of time restraints, the Lakers didn't clear him to play overseas.

When asked what he thought on the controversial officiating and off-court events before and during the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Bryant said, "I was told that the Philippine team was having issues with transportation or something similar. The fishy thing is when they only attempted to fix the net when their crew was warming up. I'm not pointing fingers, but you know there's got to be something going on [laughter]."

"I didn't think too much about the early calls, but when they called the Filipino point guard for travelling while he was dribbling the ball, I knew something was wrong," Bryant said referring to a moment in the game when Jayson Castro William was called for a travel although he never moved his pivot foot before dribbling the ball.



The 5-time NBA World Champion also shook his head when showed the footage of several fans taunting the Gilas Pilipinas bench.

"Like I said, it is what it is. I hope the Philippine team still gets in the Olympics at Rio. [There's] still the qualifiers. It's not the end of the road for them. As for China, they have an impressive youthful squad. No matter the off-court antics are, they wouldn't get to where they are now without good staff and coaching."

Kobe Bryant expressed his excitement to play the upcoming NBA season alongside star rookie D'Angelo Russell telling the media that he's not afraid to play as a forward if he has to. "All for the team, man. All for that ring."

Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will be held from 6 to 21 August 2016. The preliminary and knockout matches for both men and women will be played inside the first hall of the Olympic Training Center in Olympic Park which seats up to 16,000 spectators.

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26 comments
  1. Shame on James Naismith, ( who created basketball) basketball will never be the same because of money.

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    1. You're shaming a man whos been dead since 1930s for creating a sport that is world wide known. Go fuck yourself Amie Lacuata

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    2. Julo, are you stupid? Amie Lacuata seems to be referring to the shame caused by the incident. not the founder himself.

      Analyze the statement first before commenting. Tsk.

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    3. @ Julo...Then the grammar used my Amie was wrong. It should be "It's a shame FOR James Naismith...."

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    4. @ LB Carl well i guess Ian Gabriel is fluent in stupid cause he understood what she meant even though what she said was the complete opposite. lol

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    5. Stupid grammar.. Go back to elementary..

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    6. Stop posting and go back to sucking dicks.

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    7. Fucking Filipinos throwing shit at each other.

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  2. Good guy Kobe. He has experienced many questionable referee calls in his career, and he knows when he sees one.

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  3. Clearly China has m,any anomalies during the game, but the fact remains they are very dominat and has really outclassed the Philippines in that game.

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  4. C'mon guys, we all know China bribed the refs...

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  5. no doubt that china is the better team, but we have a chance in defeating a very strong team only the refs get in the way and help china to beat us convincingly..what a shame...

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  6. I was looking at the video and it looks like Jayson may have really travelled. He grabbed the ball then dribbled it once and held the ball with both hands then dribbled it again. That move I think constitute to travelling violation.

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    1. The possession had not yet been established especially since the Chinese player also made a play at the ball. An opposite angle might show if, in fact, Castro had already established possession of the ball, dribbled, picked up his dribble, then dribbled again. From our angle, and my interpretation of what happened, it looks as if possession was still unclear.

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    2. What they did at gilas pilipinas last fiba Asia championship is their preparation for the coming fiba world championship.remember they are the next host

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    3. I am a referee and I know for a fact that it is a 100 percent travel according to FIBA rules. He caught the ball with one foot on the floor. Then this foot became his pivot foot. Then he lifted that foot before releasing the ball to dribble. Thi is clearly a travelling violation according to FIBA art. 25.2.2:

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    4. haha referee? really?

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  7. it's because of PNOY that's why the Philippines defeated against China...


    LOL

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    1. Hey kid? Go kill ur professor in English okay?

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    2. ^how ironic... go home Jejemon Grammar Ranger! Better check "YOUR" dictionary (if you have). There's no "ur" in dictionary -.-

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  8. how about the backing violation that was called by the ref, when in fact it tap by a chinese player..

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  9. Mama, There goes that man, The black mamba at it's best.

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