INDIANAPOLIS -- The NBA said Thursday that a foul should have been called on Dahntay Jones and two free throws awarded to Kobe Bryant in the controversial closing seconds of the Lakers' 96-92 loss Wednesday to the Atlanta Hawks.
There was no other punitive action indicated by the league, such as a fine or retroactive flagrant foul.
The NBA said the foul should have been called because Bryant was not given "the opportunity to land cleanly back on the floor."
The NBA’s judgment on the play wouldn’t satisfy Lakers fans or Bryant, who had said that referees and, in an indirect way, the league, "really need to protect shooters."
Bryant sustained a severely sprained left ankle on the play after coming down on Jones' foot. He will be out indefinitely, according to the Lakers.