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Kobe Bryant on his knee: “Do I look worried?”

Jan 8, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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Whenever the phrase “almost bone on bone” is used in discussion of a knee problem, fans get worried. Especially when it’s Kobe Bryant using the words and Lakers fans see their dreams of a three-peat grinding away.

But when the Lakers were asked about it Friday night, the reaction was basically, “This is news?” Kobe’s knee has been at this point for more than a year so this is nothing new to them.

When Kobe was asked (via ESPN’s Land O’ Lakers) if Lakers fans should be worried, he went with the Bruce Willis action hero response.

“Do I look worried? Did we win last year? My knee last year was the size of a balloon and we still won. I’m not that concerned about it, we just have to be smart and pace ourselves…. It’s just listening to the body and I do a pretty good job of that. I just felt like now was the time to crank it up. (I) sacrifice a little swelling in the knee, but we needed to get the intensity back up.”

Phil Jackson said Kobe’s knee was just something that needed to be monitored and managed.

“He manages it very well. That’s important, that he’s got the ability to do that. It’s been an issue since last year. We monitored it all the way through the playoffs. Surprisingly, we came out on top and he was able to make adjustments. The operation in the summer helped. He’s come back in a way that I think is most appropriate. Limited practice time, and now that he’s stronger and he can adjust to a lot of what he has to deal with, and that helps the team out, too, have him on the floor with him.”

So Kobe’s knee is not a problem. At least until the Lakers lose three in a row again.

  1. thestudiokida - Jan 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    It’s safe to say that Kobe Bryant is a tough guy. He doesnt talk about his injuries unless prompted by the media and even then he doesnt mince words.

  2. jebdamone - Jan 9, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    celtics fan that can’t say that i have ever liked kobe but i do have the utmost respect for him as one of the greatest of all time and an old school guy in that he plays injured, doesn’t complain about it or even acknowledge that he is injured.

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