“That was Horsesh*t”- Kyle Kuzma frustrated as the Nets’ assistant coach gets no call for an illegal intervention off the bench

Kyle Kuzma was clearly frustrated as the Wizards lost a valuable possession due to the outside intervention of Brooklyn Nets assistant coach

Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma was upset as his Washington Wizards lost to the Brooklyn Nets at home 118-119. But he is sure not as upset about the lost game as about a bizarre instance in the game. The instance was when Nets’ assistant coach David Vanterpool deflected a live ball in the game from the sidelines and the referee failed to see it.

Kyle Kuzma Washington Wizards
Kyle Kuzma

With 5:45 remaining in the 4th quarter, the Wizards were trailing 103-109. Spencer Dinwiddie passed the ball to Kyle Kuzma. Before it reached Kuzma, the ball was deflected by Vanterpool, who reached out from the bench. This resulted in a Wizards turnover and the ball was awarded to the Nets for the next possession.

Also read: “Get out of China Ni**a”: Former Suns’ Guard Sonny Weems faces…

According to the NBA rulebook, Rule 8, Section II states that “If the ball is interfered with by an opponent seated on the bench or standing on the sideline (Rule 12A—Section II—a(7)), it shall be awarded to the offended team out-of-bounds nearest the spot of the violation.” So, according to the rules, it should have been Wizards’ ball had the referee seen it being deflected from the bench members.

Kyle Kuzma and Bradley Beal
Kyle Kuzma and Bradley Beal

The game came down to the wire and Kuzma did however get two chances to take his team home. He made a 24-foot 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to cut the Nets’ lead down to one, making the score 118-119. Then with 4.7 seconds to go, Kuzma attempted another shot which could have won the game for the Wizards. Unfortunately, this time he missed the shot and the Nets won.

Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma

Also read: “He’s taking over the game” Shaquille O’Neal pays ultimate respect to…

Kyle Kuzma after the tough loss

Kyle Kuzma after the game said – “That was also horses**t. Coaches should not be able to stand up. Most you can do is yell at the ref, but he can just say he didn’t see it and it be [is] alright.” Vanterpool will probably be fined as such an incident has occurred before. Sidney Lowe, the assistant coach of the Washington Wizards was fined $5000 for a similar act.

Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma

On the next possession where the Nets had the ball, Kuzma was frustrated as he fouled Patty Mills. He did this for the single purpose of yelling at the referees but also regretted it later. Since, the Wizards only lost by one point, who knows maybe that one lost possession could have affected the complete outcome of the game.

Also read: When Shaquille O’Neal threatened to ‘murder’ Kobe Bryant in the 2004…