Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  34 responses

Kobe Bryant is Tougher Than You

Embracing the pain: “Bryant said the pain in the ring finger of his right hand was ‘probably the most I’d ever played with,’ and his face contorted Tuesday afternoon as he recounted his unsuccessful attempt to steal the ball from LeBron James. Bryant did not practice Tuesday and he was wearing a splint made of plastic, aluminum and foam. When asked if he would play tonight against the Clippers, he indicated in the affirmative, in his own way. ‘What do you think?’ he said.”

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  • mike

    kwame brown taught kobe about toughness before he left

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    A warrior. Truly.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    5 year old kids are tougher than me, I’m a wuss.
    Kobe is somewhat nuts. I think when he has an injury he’s thinking: “hey! Another challenge, pain is fun!”

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    It’s the Clippers. He only needs one hand.

  • Herfdawg

    Dude is sick. I think Gerard is probably right. Impressive though, that’s for damn sure.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    B.Long: are you talking about my lovelife?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    mental note: being too honest can hurt me too.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long


  • Jackie Moon

    blah blah blah something about Colorado blah blah Shaq blah blah diamond ring blah blah

  • http://nyer.sosblog.com Be A Real Fan

    I once chewed my hand down to the wrist bone so I wouldn’t have to holds hands with the smelly kid at the back of the line. First grade was tough. Tell Kobe to man up.

  • East Hurricane

    how can he man up exactly? hes got an injury and hes playing with it… surely that is just ignoring his injury, haters can even seem to criticise him for having an injury and then for playing with it

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    Agreed with East. Kobe is a beast!! And other then my rhyming ability, anybody notice all the adds now on SLAM’s homepage??

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Ryan Jones: A warrior is somebody who fights in the Army. He is just a tough SOB

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla

    @Tzvi … actually a warrior isn’t just in the army. You can be a warrior in the air force and navy. If you are at war or fight for your country you are a warrior.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    From the LA Times:

    “The injury to Kobe Bryant has been revealed. After studying the footage, one can see LeBron’s hand morph into a crab claw and pinch Kobe’s finger.”

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    @ James: I don’t see a difference in ads. This post brought to you by Sprite, can’t slam dunk without Sprite in your trunk.

  • http://iwantoutofokc.com/ James the balla


  • underdog

    @ James: Jamal Crawford is a Warrior, and he’s nothing to do with the Army or the Navy, or attacking a country for oil…

  • underdog

    And Kobe has nothing on Charles Oakley.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    You guys are funny. :)

  • Rome


  • Nate James

    haha its a finger. haha, i mean, magic has aids, and is still alive, that is tough.
    haha. i think the pain he has on his ring finger is from wearing his championship rings to pick up hookers. haha

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    Its the Clippers, he can use his nose and have his hands tied behind his back

  • Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo

    if hes so tough how come he ran off the court crying like a little girl. its easy to not feel pain when a trainer numbs it for you

  • JoeMaMa

    “Rub some dirt on it”

  • http://keyshop.org Makaveli

    @Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo: are you retarded? If you dislocated your finger ur gonna act like nothing happened? You are a truly a idiot and ignorant. He played throughout the pain with his dislocated finger? That is a true warrior, not a little girl crying.

  • wilz

    he makes Lebron look like a b*tch for blaming missed open lay-ups on a headcold

  • MalevolentKing7242

    Man. Kobe played the cavs with a broken finger and guarded Lebron… Is it me or does Lebron overreact to every time he gets nuged or tapped

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    do you want to tell LeBron that to his face?

  • Jackie Moon


  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Some guy just said that Magic Johnson has AIDs where what he is is HIV positive which is not the same which makes me realise that all the younger basketball fans of the modern era kind of suck with their ignorant understanding of the legends of the NBA.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    ^Someone else that gets it.

  • youngmuggsy

    Joel Pryzbilla is playing with a broken wrist.

  • Rome

    Y’all dont know nothin about James Dalton. Kobe is James Daltons student!!!