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Hornets’ coach explains Kobe’s ankle better than Kobe

Apr 27, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

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Kobe Bryant wouldn’t really talk about his injured ankle, and he wasn’t letting doctors look at it either. All Phil Jackson would say was that he was playing.

After the game, it took Hornets coach Monty Williams to sum it up best (as reported by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated):

“All this talk about his ankle — did it look like his ankle was hurting? OK then. It is what it is. He made a spectacular play.”

The spectacular play in question is his dunk over Ekemka Okafor. Although the one over Carl Landry was pretty good, too.

It would be very Kobe for the treatments to work, for his ankle to feel a lot better and for him to keep that quiet as his own little secret he would spring on the world during the game. Kobe loves him some mind games, some psychological warfare.

Maybe that’s why he and Phil Jackson get along.

  1. ibleedaquaorange - Apr 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Ekemka

    • musilly - Apr 27, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      That’s his name. With that dunk, Kobe just re-baptized him.

  2. chargerdillon - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    If anybody saw the foul they called on Kobe right before the first dunk happened.

    Kobe literally grabs Ariza and holds him, and somehow Ariza plays right through it and lays up the ball. The play should’ve stopped, and it should’ve been 2 points at the line.

    Instead you pissed off Kobe and he put you on the highlight reel. I havent seen Kobe have that sort of dunking ferocity since his early twenties. He obviously possesses the ability to still do it, but it’s still amazing to see him go all out when he wants to.

  3. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    I agree with you about the foul. Actually, I don’t know if you can really call a foul on Kobe there. He is Kobe and he can do that if he needs to. But, it should never have been a basket and a foul.

    It did, however, awaken Kobe’s passion and he destroyed all who got in his way after that. It is just like what I have done to my Kobe Bryant Action Figure – Playoff Edition. I put a cape on it and now Kobe can fly like Superman.

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