Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant admits that he is hurting.
Yahoo Sports reports that Bryant is managing constant pain thanks to a torn tendon in his shooting wrist.
“It hurts more when I fall on it with the impact below the wrist,” he said. “When I fall and hit the ground, that’s when I feel it the most.”The wrist injury caused Bryant to sit the Lakers' second preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers and has caused an up-and-down start to the 2011-2012 regular season. He's been forced to play with a protective sleeve covering his shooting arm from elbow to wrist, which is no small matter.
“It swells daily, it’s painful daily,” he said. “I try to stay on top of it as much as I can.”
Bryant shot a combined 21-for-47 in losses to the Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings; he committed a costly late-game turnover and had a potential game-winning shot blocked at the buzzer during the Christmas Day loss to the Bulls.
Bryant, 33, has cultivated a reputation as a warrior and has backed that up by being one of the NBA's most durable superstars. In the last six seasons, he's missed just 16 regular season games combined.
He's a gamer, there's no question, but he probably feels like he doesn't have much choice here, as the Lakers have no readily available other options. Even with one arm in a cast tied behind his back, Bryant is far and away the best option because L.A.'s other available backcourt depth includes reserve point guard Steve Blake and rookies Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris.
In other words, the pain will go on.