We could really use a healthy Kobe right about now.
L.A. Times: Reporting from Indianapolis – So this is why Kobe Bryant isn’t sitting out a few weeks, or even a few games.
The injuries have stacked up — broken finger, bad back, sore elbow — but the Lakers’ shooting guard has been sharper in recent games after enduring a dreadful shooting slump.
He has changed the splint on his broken right index finger, moving from a soft pliant type to a harder plastic that has insulated the finger when it gets slapped in games. Bryant’s back spasms have also receded and his strained elbow can now be classified as a past injury.
“You see me out there on the court, I’m bouncing around a lot more because I’m healthy,” Bryant said. “I can move around the court with a lot more energy and be more active. I’m feeling good.”
In the Lakers’ 118-96 victory Wednesday over the Indiana Pacers, Bryant made 10 of 15 shots and finished with 29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, the second time this week he came close to a triple-double. He had 27 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and nine assists Sunday against Toronto.