Playing in pain isn’t anything new for Kobe Bryant. His competitiveness overtakes any need for rest or rehab when it comes to playing games.
But when Bryant himself called the pain from dislocating his finger “excruciating” that might signal a hint he would take a game or 12 minutes off. But not so. After getting his finger popped back into place Monday, he scored 20 points and handed out 12 assists.
On Wednesday, with his finger taped, he scored 18 points and handed out another 12 assists. None of which apparently surprises anyone nationwide.
According to a poll taken by ESPN.com, Americans weren’t fazed by his determination to play despite the pain, most agreeing that they “Already knew he was tough.”