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Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play

Posted on: April 26, 2011 5:05 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Kobe Bryant doesn't want to hear any bad news. So he's putting his fingers in his ears and saying "la la la la la."

After spraining his ankle in Game 4 against the Hornets, Bryant was expected to receive and X-ray and MRI to make sure there was no structural damage on it. Instead, Kobe said thanks but no thanks.

Via ESPN LA, Kobe refused both. He's likely to play according to Phil Jackson, but nobody knows what kind of damage there is to Kobe's ankle. Obviously the reason for it is, Kobe plans on playing no matter what his status is and he doesn't want some team doctor telling the front office he's risking further injury. So to avoid any chance of being held out, Kobe passed on both tests.

It's probably pretty stupid, but it's also very Kobe. Not only does it make him sound like a tough, play-through-anything player which is great PR, but it also speaks to what he really is -- a tough, play-through-anything player.

Kobe did not speak with reporters Monday or Tuesday, but Jackson acted like it was no doubt Bryant would play. "He's very hopeful," he said. As far as how healthy he is, Jackson said, "It will be a game-thing, who knows?"

With the Hornets evening the series at 2-2, Kobe doesn't feel like he can risk anything. Who knows how effective he'll be and if he'll guard Chris Paul again. I would think that would be difficult considering how quickly Paul can change directions.

But just having him on the floor is a boost to the team and everyone in the arena. He's making a statement to his guys right here. Doesn't matter what the MRI would've said. It could say I tore every ligament in my ankle. I'm playing. Whether or not that turns out to be a good decision is yet to be seen. But even a 60 percent Kobe is pretty much better than any replacement the Lakers would roll out there.
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:59 am
 

Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play

Ummmm...I guess we're not counting a guy who won 11: Bill Russell?? Arguably the "GOAT" (greatest of all time) on defense, but if you're just counting championships, he has to rule.
A fair point about Bill Russell, as he is an incredibly strong candidate, but he was also a center.  Michael Jordan won titles without ever even having a HOF center, outside of the 43 year old Robert Parish on the 1997 championship team.  Jordan and Kobe Bryant have both led teams from the shooting guard position, which is why I discussed them together and left out Russell, Magic, Abdul-Jabbar, Duncan, Wilt, etc.  In the Kobe v. Jordan comparisons discussions of greatness will hinge heavily on titles won and career scoring.  This metric is a little phony anyway though considering Kobe has already played more regular season games than Michael Jordan  In any case I was not trying to disrespect Bill Russell or your Boston Celtics.



Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:59 am
 

Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play

I was responding to the comment about Russell wiining 11 in 13 years

I added he also added he won in college ....and his last titile he was also the coach/player...beating the Lakers when they had Wilt Baylor and wilt......



Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:55 am
 

Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play

Thats Russell you boob



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:24 am
 

Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play

11 in 13 years in the nba, add in 2 Ncaa championships and a gold in the olympics and what you have is the best winner ever, period.


                Please tell us all, which 2 time NCAA championship team did Kobe play for??? 


You haven't posted in 7 months, pretty sure it will be another 7!


By now!!



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play

2 ncaa championships!?!?!?  Kobe never played in college!



Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play

Even at top shape, injury is going to occur more frequently and healing will be slower. Although I'm not a Kobe fan, the man has played hard for a good chunk of years, and the mere fact that he's not been out for an indefinite amount of time during the regular season shows that the clock is ticking.
In addition, because of the Lakers success, he's played pretty much the equivalent of two and a half extra seasons via the playoffs. I think Kobe knows this, which is why he's saying "heck with it, might as well just play though".



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play

Of course everyone knows that the Kobester is a warrior and he'll even tell us that. The dude goes around to LA nightspots where the media congregates and says No to a dinner because he must go to his workout. The jerk is and always been a phoney in the hopes of being the next MJ. He is a top player in this league but lacks the charisma to be a "global icon".



Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play



11 in 13 years in the nba, add in 2 Ncaa championships and a gold in the olympics and what you have is the best winner ever, period.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play

Kobe's championship total of five is good, but not good enough to be considered GOAT (greatest of all time) becausee Jordan had six. 
Ummmm...I guess we're not counting a guy who won 11: Bill Russell?? Arguably the "GOAT" (greatest of all time) on defense, but if you're just counting championships, he has to rule.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Kobe refuses MRI and X-ray, likely to play

EVEN IF THE LAKERS WIN THE FIRST ROUND THEY STILL WONT BEAT THE OKLAHOMA Thunder.if they meet.
OKLAHOMA Thunder will SURPRISE MANY FANS THIS YEAR.



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