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Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard both say they are playing through pain

Mar 6, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard AP

The Lakers haven’t got time for the pain. Literally. They play the Hornets Wednesday night with their two stars banged up and neither can really take the night off because the Lakers need wins over teams like the Hornets if they want to catch anyone and make the playoffs.

Kobe Bryant suffered a hit on a nerve on his elbow Tuesday night against the Thunder — he said he wears a sleeve on his shooting arm to protect against exactly this. You could see him wince in pain on the court and he left the game to get some treatment more than once. Here’s his quote, from the Los Angeles Daily News.

“Every time you try to bend your elbow and extend it, Bryant said, “there’s a little resistance and a lot of pain.”

You think he’s going to take a game off? Who have you been watching the last decade? Check out this tweet from Kobe.

Dwight Howard doesn’t get the same credit of playing through pain Kobe does, mostly because Howard’s game seems more impacted by the back and shoulder injuries he’s had. And he’s missed games. And he’s not Kobe.

But Howard told ESPNLosAngeles.com he plans to play through the shoulder pain that is still there.

Howard also got hurt in the first quarter, needing the team to call timeout when he reaggravated the torn labrum in his right shoulder that has caused him to miss six games already this season….

“Metta was trying to run through and I was trying to run back and as he was turning around, his momentum pulled my arm all the way back [across my body], and it’s been bugging me since,” Howard said. “I just played through it as much as I can and I try not to worry about it.”

While we’re mentioning it, Metta World Peace is going to play through his ankle pain. He had X-rays taken but they were negative. So he goes.

Wednesday night, on the road in New Orleans, is exactly the kind of game the Lakers MUST win if they are going to stay in the playoff hunt. So injuries? What injuries? The Lakers haven’t got time for the pain.

  1. cosanostra71 - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Ain’t nobody got time for dat.

  2. loungefly74 - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    (follows Kobe on Twitter….)

    great comment, kobster.

  3. andrejohnsonforpresident - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    say what you want but you gotta respect the effort.

  4. tampajoey - Mar 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Get Dwight Howard some Midol for her menstrual cramps.

  5. imthedudedude - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Oh well that changes everything! Playing through pain?? Give me a break, 98% of players are playing through some kind of pain. Sounds like excuses to me, like bum holes.. Everyone has em.. And they stink! Quit whining!

    • money2long - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      playing through that record is painful for every member of the lakers. all joking aside, go lakers. keep fighting hard to punch your ticket to the postseason. it’s a new season for everyone at that point.

  6. money2long - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    a wedding crashers reference. lol. nice, kobe. if he wins the championship this season, he better “motorboat” that trophy.

  7. herkulease - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    wonder when kobe will put out

    Rule #29 – Always be a team player. Everyone needs a little help now and again.

  8. davidly - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Players play through pain all the time; you just don’t always hear about it. Wearing your “I play through pain” on your sleeve is a way of trying to have your cake and eat it too– which is fine, when you’re not chasing .500.

  9. chargerdillon - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Shaq and Kobe played at the highest levels of their career while absolutely hating one another, but they still played like A TEAM.

    I’ve watched almost every Laker game this year, and at almost no point has this Laker team, ever looked like a cohesive team.

    Kobe has already shown he can play with various pieces, there’s a reason he won 2 championships after Shaq.

    Win or Lose as long as D12 has his numbers good on the stat sheet, he’ll just keep smiling all the way to the bank

  10. bigdogpappad - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Adversity not only tests you – it reveals you and in this case the adversity has exposed D12 for what he really truly is. Insert your comment here ____________

  11. progress2011 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Well ….we know D12 had actual back surgery. So, his claim of playing thru pain is legit.

    Fake MJ/ Harlem Globetrotter on the other hand had another “PHANTOM INJURY” !

    Nobody even touched dude, when he claimed to be hurt last nite….ahahahahah

    He has been hanging out with Jack Nicholson too long….he think he is on a movie set…but his acting is not that good.

    PURE HOLLYWOOD !!!!

    • musician0785 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Whatever you’re smoking, it must be the best. Did you really say “another phantom injury” like there were others, ya know like actual broken fingers, and an actual torn wrist tendon, and an actual torn labrum, or how about an actual arthritic knee…..dude is 34 and playing like no other 34 year old in history…..
      the Kobe hate is real out here….

  12. luz56 - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    I watching these guys with pain! Suck it up and earn your paycheck DH. What a self centered egomaniac POS

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