Bryant Grateful for Another Title Shot
Kobe Bryant’s head bobbed and nodded over and over. Between the locker room and the loading dock inside Staples Center on Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers star had been asked to rewind his mind back to the end in Dallas a season ago, back to the darkness of a defeat that left him fearing finality. Eyes closed tightly, Bryant repeated the words, “Yes & hellip; Yes … Yes …”
Finally, Bryant let out a long sigh and insisted, “I wondered how I was ever going to play basketball again.”
His arthritic knee had gone bone on bone, making every step an excruciating exercise. Bryant felt like the end was creeping closer. He couldn’t practice and couldn’t move with authority on the floor. “There were a lot of thoughts, a lot of self-evaluating going on, wondering, how can I ever be effective be effective again? How am I going to play despite this knee? I couldn’t move. It was just so painful. There was nothing I could do.
“But now I feel brand new, man.”