Already renowned for his toughness, Kobe Bryant showed some more when he re-entered the game after having his dislocated finger popped back into place.
Kobe Bryant needed an assist from an unlikely source late during the Lakers’ 119–113 home loss to the Spurs on Friday.
With a little more than two minutes remaining in the game and San Antonio leading 107–102, Bryant slipped and dislocated the middle finger on his right hand while chasing a loose ball. The 18-time All-Star immediately began holding his hand in pain before walking toward the Lakers’ bench.
Once he got there, longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti grasped Bryant’s hand and popped the finger back into place. The motion caused Bryant to flex at the knees, but he walked back onto the court in hopes of remaining in the game.
Here’s a look at the somewhat gruesome scene.
L.A. will begin a three-game road trip against the Bulls in Chicago on Sunday.