Ice Cube — The Atlanta Hawks Are DIRTY CHEATERS!!!

Exclusive 031813_ice_cube_launchKobe Bryant is right … Atlanta Hawks player Dahntay Jones is a dirty cheater who knew what he was doing when he hurt the Black Mamba on the court last week … at least according to Lakers superfan Ice Cube.

Cube — decked out in Lakers gear — was at LAX this weekend when we asked the rap legend about Kobe”s claim that Jones cheap-shotted him during a fadeaway jumper last week … causing Bryant to injure his ankle.

“It”s kinda whack when you gotta cheat to win,” Cube said … saying, “But [Kobe”s] a champ, he”ll come back. That ankle will be strong.”

But we didn”t just talk basketball with Cube — the rapper gave us some thoughts on the new pope … said one thing that MIGHT be considered a diss toward the old pope. Check out the clip.