Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 10:40 am  |  36 responses

Kobe Still Limping, Says ‘I’m Fine’

The weight of the Lakers-Mavs series might be resting on a single sprained ankle, but according to Kobe Bryant, that ankle is just fine. Via the Worldwide Leader: “Before the Los Angeles Lakers begin their second-round series against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, there continues to be some second-guessing about the state of guard Kobe Bryant’s sprained left ankle. ‘I’m fine,’ Bryant said after sitting out practice Saturday to rest the ankle that he hurt late in Game 4 of the Lakers’ first-round series against the New Orleans Hornets. ‘I finished off Game 4 fine, played Game 5 fine, Game 6 was fine [too].’ Bryant averaged 23.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals on 41.9 percent shooting in 36.8 minutes in Games 1 through 4. He had far less playing time in Games 5 and 6 (29.5 minutes per game), but his production level stayed about the same as he averaged 21.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals on 48.3 percent shooting. … Bryant said that he spent the team’s off day on Friday ‘getting healthier’ and ‘resting,’ but Jackson said that Bryant’s ankle has yet to fully recover after he sprained it six days ago. ’It’s tender to the touch still,’ Jackson said. ‘He’s still limping when he walks. It’s a limited amount of improvement.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Fck off Kobe, you certainly weren’t limping in game 5 and 6. You were one Andrew Bynum injury away from a first round exit.

  • mj23

    respect allball you not blind like 80% of nba fans :P

  • 2KInsider

    I think Kobe has committed the rest of his career to pissing everyone off. He’s doing a great job of it too. Maybe the greatest ever.

  • Lol

    Hahaha exectly man. Everyone knows Kobe is a damn good bball player. But this? Cmon man I mean I know you’re in hollywood but damn! Cut that fake injury crap out.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    The injury looked like it made him younger, dunking all over the Hornets and Okafor and stuff.
    Kobe, thats not how you should act when ur injured :d


    Please, the Lakers still getting past the Hornets without Bynum.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Kobe, I saw you Rolled your ankle, but I’m sure you didn’t sprain it, c’mon now.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Just like the Knicks were gonna win a game in the real season…

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  • http://nba.com EJ

    Why are you complaining about Kobe when he said he’s fine? How on earth is it faking an injury when you twist your ankle and say it’s fine?

  • http://gmail.com z

    Wow Kobe haters are remarkable in their will to be ignorant. How’s he faking when he’s the ONLY person insisting its fine? Also how’s this making excuses for Kobe but the kings phantom elbow injury last year wasn’t?

  • http://gmail.com z

    I’m tellin ya the Kobe haters can be matched in their willful ignorance only by the conservatives who continue to claim the president isn’t an American…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Everyone keeps asking about the ankle and he keeps insisting its fine whether its 100% or not and somehow he’s faking it? @ Allball I’m sure if this was CP3 hurt, you’d bring up fancy stats to show how his hand injury was negatively affecting his game but how it was WAY better than DRose would ever do with a similar hand injury!

  • tRay

    I wouldn’t say he’s faking it but this sh*t is getting old just like LeBron’s elboow injury the media and fans are beefing this up let’s move on.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe ankle was swollen, his teammates stated it in interviews. Haters going to Hate, but Kobe is still balling and people he is stating he is fine herbs. BOOK IT!!

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Didn’t CP totally outplay KB with a hand injury? Although CP has managed to practice all year, and not have it mentioned every hour on ESPN LA. I am starting to believe (like most already do) that Laker fans and Kobe fans are idiots.

  • 2KInsider

    Seems to be the story of Kobe’s life. Never the best. Always outplayed. Complete asshole. Somehow wins 5 championships.

  • larrylegend

    he twisted his ankle, but it wasn’t that bad. real ballers lace their shoe real tight and play on, and will show up the next time. the good thing about that, you play carefully and more with your mind and can be as productive as before. what i want to say: drama boy, you’re really annoying (the landmine comment comes to mind)…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Allball some Laker and Kobe fans are idiots, but don’t start believing they ALL are. That’d be a stupid belief

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    BP is right. NTQ is stupid. Kobe may not verbally mention the ankle but he is obviously playing on it, as he does with most things.

  • Josh

    I don’t understand why Kobe takes all this crap. All he ever says is my ankle is fine, my finger is fine, me knee is fine, etc etc etc. If he walks with a limp who cares? All the guy says is “I’m playing no matter what” and that he is fine. Get over it, haters.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Phil knows exactly what he’s doing…

  • KB8toSG8

    Allball, what in the world is your problem lol? Kobe’s been saying it’s fine. He didn’t use it as an excuse for anything. He didn’t say, oh, I could’ve shot better if I didn’t have this sprained ankle blah blah blah. Phil, Pau etc. are the ones who are giving info to the media about Kobe’s ankle. Kobe isn’t lol. And honestly, I’d like to believe they do know better than you, esp. if it’s swollen. You want Kobe to start whining about his ankle as well? Will that make you happy?!?! Tch……

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

    Kobe will win the championship this season against a rabid Heat team and it will be his finest hour.

  • KB8toSG8

    “You were one Andrew Bynum injury away from a first round exit.”

    HAHAHAHAHA……….If you want to play that game, I can do that from the 80s for every single title or playoff series lol.

  • al

    Dear mark Cuban, Jason terry’s defensive assignment to break down Kobe’s ankles is not a very nice thing to do, please make sure terry breaks both and Kobe is given a extra hard screen by Shawn Marion if you would like any real catch of succeeding because Kobe can score even without two ankles.
    Love, me, Kobe24

    ps Phil is still banging Jeannie, what you got foo!?

  • rosado3p

    kobe is the man. i think he might be injured but him, being the champion tand competitor that he is, he is simply saying its fine because he does not want to make excuses. we all know his window of time is slipping away, thats fine. I, as a Kobe/Laker fan accept it. He’s getting up there in years. So are the celtics. but at least he is not putting up any excuses. He says its fine. If he loses, then I know one thing that wont be the reason for the loss: his ankle. GO LAKERS!

  • Dre Baller

    at least they didn’t have to take him off the court in a wheelchair. that’s the The Truth

  • rikson

    Thats it! the ultimate truth… If teammates say the ankle is swolen it has to be serious…. What you expect them to say, genius!

  • mj23

    but 95% of them are idiots
    70% kobetards

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  • Hay

    Dude, you haters really have no brains. Kobe said he’s fine, and you want him not to whine….smh

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Why can’t he take an X-ray to confirm its fine though?

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    im not exactly sure what “passive/agressive” means, but i think this is it.
    “no guys, seriously im fine” *walks away limping, grimacing*

  • wssss

    @airs because kobe doesnt want to know whats wrong with his ankle which is a stupid move

    @allball i wish i can slap the living sh*t outa u i really do calling laker fans idiots is like calling ur grandma a whore

  • http://www.onitsukatigermexico66.us onitsuka tiger mexico 66

    I, as a Kobe/Laker fan accept it. He’s getting up there in years. So are the celtics. but at least he is not putting up any excuses. He says its fine. If he loses, then I know one thing that wont be the reason for the loss: his ankle.