Kobe Bryant has put in more than his usual maintenance work behind the scenes to continue to look and move like a Ferrari this season. While everyone appreciates what he has done on the track to pull the Lakers along in this difficult season, Bryant's time in the body shop has been so extensive as to keep fueling his thoughts of retiring after next season. Now he is dealing with his most serious injury of a season, and he's attacking it with the same fervor to overcome his sprained left ankle as soon as possible. The Lakers play Friday in Indiana, and it'll be a challenge for Bryant to knock out the swelling in his ankle in time. He's trying, though. Bryant posted to his Twitter account how many movies he was watching to stay awake late Wednesday night to maximize his ankle treatment: "Compression. Ice. Django. Zero Dark Thirty. This is Forty and 1 hour of sleep. #countonwill #countonhaters. On to the next." The Bryant prides himself on a lunchpail mentality that in conjunction with his will to win has been as much his secret to success as his physical gifts. And Indiana is actually the place where he had his first memorable NBA Finals spotlight in 2000: He sprained the same ankle when landing on Jalen Rose's foot after a jump shot in Game 2, sat out Game 3 and came back with a Game 4 so moving that Shaquille O'Neal would pop footage of it into his VCR (yes, that's how long Bryant has been playing) that offseason to relive it.
Bryant working OT to recover from ankle sprain
Orange County Register | Mar 15