A great piece on Kobe and his, unfortunate, injured finger

Article Tab : Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers sits on the floor after falling during the game with the Los Angeles Clippers.

O.C. Register: This is the time when Kobe Bryant’s fractured finger is supposed to be feeling better.

It most certainly is not feeling better, which is a problem considering this is also the time when the Lakers’ schedule gets much harder.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers sits on the floor after falling during the game with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Asked after the Lakers’ loss to the Clippers late Wednesday night about his right index finger, Bryant revealed just how unhappy he is with it by uncharacteristically talking about it.

“It’s sore,” he said. Then he rushed to cover up his admission, saying quickly: “It’s OK. Play through it.”

That was all he said, but that was much more than he has been willing to say about it for the majority of these four weeks he has played hurt. Bryant has been swatting away reporters’ inquiries about the finger so consistently that it’s surprising he hasn’t begun giving the media the Mutombo finger wag. (Bryant’s bundled-up, splinted-to-stay-straight index finger is absolutely perfect for exaggerated wag, after all.)

Here at the four-week mark, let’s keep in mind that the diagnosis was a minimum of six weeks for the avulsion fracture to heal. Phil Jackson optimistically speculated at the time that Bryant might need the splint for only two weeks and be healed in four.

None of that stuff has happened, because Bryant keeps playing and keeps getting hit on the finger. He has played well enough to be named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month for December – even though he fractured his finger on Dec. 11 – but on Wednesday night Bryant looked like someone who was tired of dealing with it.

Four weeks later, Kobe’s finger still sore

  • 09champs!

    Hey TLN, just for you to know, I think that KB being named player of the month deserves to be posted dont you think?

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      As good of an achievement as that is, Player of the Month is just a cheap version of the MVP award. Kobe doesnt want it, Laker fans dont want it, we just want the championship.

      • 09champs!

        I know all that matters at the end of the day, but it should´ve been posted as a laker achievement, just like they post all the records he breaks.

        • 09champs!

          I know all that matters at the end of the day * is the CHAMPIONSHIP.

  • drive-for-16th

    we shouldn’t give a shit about player of the week, player of the month, season mvp, we should just care about the championship and the finals mvp. Even though he should get the season mvp but i rather have him get the finals mvp just cause he had the season mvp 2 years ago and lost in the finals. But he deserves both. Go lakers, Fuk the haters.

  • B Holland

    I’m sorry to hear about Kobe’s sore finger. I know when my fingers are sore I put them in my special place and it warms them right up. In fact, I enjoy watching Laker games with my finger up there. It brings me great pleasure.