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Add neck pain to list of Kobe Bryant injuries

Mar 1, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

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Arthritic finger? Check. Torn ligament in wrist? Check? Broken nose? Check. Knees that require fancy German blood procedure? Check.

Sore neck? Add that to the list.

Kobe Bryant has neck pain that is requiring special treatment as well, he told the Orange County Register.

“Feels like it’s just constant throbbing at the base of my head, where my neck is,” Bryant said late Wednesday night after the Lakers beat Minnesota. “It’s just kind of getting those muscles to relax a little bit.”

Kobe could use some rest — so why did Mike Brown run him (and Pau Gasol) out in the last 7 minutes of a game where the Lakers were up 19 on Wednesday? Brown was laughing about it later.

Mike, watch Gregg Popovich. That is how you get a team ready for the playoffs. You only have three really good players, try to get them some rest.

  1. palakerfan - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    One of the toughest players to ever play the game. Gotta love his determination and commitment.

  2. namriverrat69 - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    After listening to Kobe’s comments on the mask, it gives one more appreciation to what Rip Hamilton has played with for so many years with no complaint. Kobe has played through so many minor and serious injuries through the years he reminds me of a hockey player. For example:

    On March 28, 1957 Red Wings goalie Glenn Hall, who played in 552 straight games, was knocked out by a slap shot in the first period of a semifinal game against the Boston Bruins. He was taken to a hospital where he got 23 stitches in the mouth and returned to play the third period.

    In the1972-73, New York Islanders defensemean Denis Potvin suffered a fractured instep early in the season. Doctors appled a quick-drying, form-fitting cast before each game and he played wearing an extra-larget skate. Potvin couln’t walk properly but he skated well enough to win the Calder Trophy.

    On November 9, 1969 Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ed Van Imp lost eight teeth after blocking a shot in the second period against the Oakland Seals. Trainers sewed his split tongue together so that he could return for the third period.

    On April 18, 1991 right wing Tomas Sandstrom of the LA Kings fractured the bone below his right knee in a playoff game against the Edmonton Oilers. After scoring a goal two games later, he insisted, “it was only a little bone”.

    In the 1992-93 season Mario Lemieux’s chronic back pain couldn’t keep him from winning the scoring title or the league MVP award. However, it prevented him from tying or untying his skates, a task often performed by his teammates.

    On April 14, 1994 Brendan Shanahan of the St. Louis Blues was cut by a high stick from the Winnepeg Jets Keith Tkachuk in the first period. After taking 40 stitches to close the cut, Shanahan returned to score twice in the Blues 3-1 win and he beat up Tkachuk in the third period.

    On December 25, 1987, asked why he returned one period after breaking his nose against the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh defenseman Rod Buskas answered “I don’t skate with my nose”.

    In the 1963-64 the Boston Bruins Ed Johnson, the last goalie to play every game in one season, broke his nose 3 times in a 10 day span. Doctors at a Boston hospital put leeches on his eyelids to reduce the blood buildup so he could continue to play.

    On April 26, 1989 Chicago Blackhawks center Jeremy Roenick spit out five teeth when he was slashed by the St. Louis Blues’ Glen Featherstone in the playoffs. Roenick scored the Game-winning goal on the ensuing power play.

    On April 18, 1952 the Montreal Canadians Maurice Richard was knocked unconscious by a cross-check in Game 7 of the semifinals against the Boston Bruins, but he returned from the hospital to score the winning goal, which he never remembered.

    On February 12, 1961, Detroit Red Wing Howie Young ran Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower. who lost a tooth and suffered hemorrhaging in his left leg. Leaning on the cross bar to stay upright, Bower played the final 12 minutes to win 3-1.

    On April 23, 1964 Toronto Maples Leafs defenseman Bobby Baun was carried off on a stretcher after a slap shot seriously broke his right tibia in game 6 of the 1964 finals against the Detroit Red Wings. He returned to score the game winner in overtime and also played in a game 7 victory.

    On May 10, 1998, Chris Pronger of the St. Louis Blues collapsed with cardiac arrhythmia after a shot hit him in the chest. As doctors prepared to begin on-ice CPR, Pronger’s heart started beating again. Two nights later he played a game high 35 minutes.

    On January 5, 1985 New York Rangers defenseman Tom Laidlaw ignored pregame stomach pains and played an afternoon game against the Boston Bruins. Doctors located the problem later that night and removed his spleen.

    On March 26, 1950, family members and a priest were brought to the hospital after the Detroit Red Wings Gordie Howe suffered a skull fracture when he was checked into the sidebaords against the Toronto Maple Leafs. he returned the next season to win the scoring title and retired 30 years later. He also established the “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” – a goal, an assist and a fight in a single game.

    Playing with pain in the NHL is like a badge of honor.

    But this is about how tough Kobe is, and he most certainly is, Kobe has the heart of a lion and a determination and will which makes him one of the mentally and physically tough athletes of all time.

  3. rufe - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Like or dislike Kobe Bryant, NOBODY can say that he whines, complains or makes excuses. NOBODY can say that he did’nt leave it on the court while he was there. He is among the great athletes that has the right to say “I was here”.

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