Kobe Bryant injures shoulder, decides to play with just his left hand vs the Pelicans
“I feel fine. We make a lot of it, but the reality is I’m doing some pretty phenomenal things in 30 minutes,” Bryant said. “My body is not that f**ked up.”
Kobe Bryant didn’t seem too concerned about his injured shoulder after last night’s loss to the Pelicans. He injured it on a dunk and then tried to play with just his left hand — making 1 of 2 shots.
“Obviously after I saw that everything he did was with the left hand, then I knew then, let’s get him out of there,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “He always says, he’s got two arms so you don’t necessarily have to use one all the time. But like I said, after I saw him shoot it a couple times and then just bringing it up the court — one dribble with his right then he switched and dribbled with his left. That pretty much let me know that it was pretty sore.”
“I’ve played on a torn labrum before,” said the 36-year old Kobe. “I’m not too concerned about it.”
The injury turned out to be a season-ending torn rotator cuff and it was the third time in three seasons he had a season end early with an injury.
In honor of Kobe’s toughness, here’s the best of him using his left hand.