Kobe Dislocates Finger, Pops It Back In Place & Goes Back Into The Game & Scores!
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“He’s a tough hombre,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said about Kobe.
How many players in the NBA do you think would have taken the rest of the night off if they dislocated their finger? Kobe Bryant is 37 years old, playing in the 2nd half of his final season in a game that really doesn’t mean anything. And what does he do after dislocating his finger? He has trainer Gary Vitti (also retiring at the end of the season) pop it back in place, goes right back into the game, makes a shot and finishes with a team-high 25 points. How Kobe is that!
“We find these things extremely funny,” Bryant said of himself and Vitti. “Maybe it’s just really weird or whatever, but we find these things extremely funny. I go to the bench, and he goes, ‘Ah, yeah. That’s a good one.’ I go, ‘No s—. Do something about it.’ And he pops it back in place, and we just kind of laugh about it.
“He’s known me for many years. He knows I’m going to go back in the game. But we laugh and we joke about it. We’ve seen it all. We’ve absolutely seen it all. It was fun to have that moment. Hopefully it’s the last one we have this season. But it’s fun to have that.”