Kyrylo Fesenko, center for the Utah Jazz, was involved in a couple of incidents with Kobe Bryant during the 96-85 Lakers win up in Utah.
The first was when Fesenko banged knees with Kobe Bryant at the top of the key, and the other, was a hard foul followed by Fesenko throwing the ball towards Bryant.
Pau Gasol had to restrain Bryant, as he began to charge Fesenko after the ball was thrown towards him.
Here is what Kobe had to say after the game, courtesy the O.C. Register
I asked Kobe Bryant what he initially thought when Bryant’s tender right knee took that hard knee from Kyrylo Fesenko, Utah’s fledgling 7-footer who started the game Friday night.
Bryant’s answer: “Kitty cats can’t hurt me.”
Bryant was asked by another reporter if the situation with Fesenko ignited the Lakers’ run.
Bryant’s answer: “Teddy bears don’t ignite me.”
Another reporter asked about it further, and Bryant cut it off, laughing. After he finished answering other questions, he laughed again and announced: “You guys asked me three questions on Fesenko. You’ve got to be (expletive) me!”
With the win on Friday night, the Lakers are 17-1 since the all-star break, and have won their last nine in a row. (Video after the jump)