Tuesday , May , 26 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Dahntay Jones on Tripping Kobe Bryant: Just Playing Hard

When asked if he got tripped, Bryant said: "No, I just fell on my face for no reason. I’m a klutz."

When asked if Jones played him dirty, Bryant responded, "Good defense." He had a sarcastic smile when he said it.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson took offense to Jones’ action. "Just unacceptable defense, tripping guys and playing unsportsmanlike basketball," he said.

Said Jones, "I don’t remember the play exactly, but I know we were out there on defense and things happen."

Jones said he wasn’t bothered by Jackson calling him dirty.

"Just playing hard," Jones said. "If he can’t respect it, I’m sorry."