So maybe rapper Maino’s “All The Above” featuring T-Pain came out over a year ago, but it still makes regular appearances in my top rotation.
In fact, during the team’s flight from Washington D.C. to Indiana after Tuesday night’s 115-103 victory over the Wizards – Kobe Bryant posted 26 points and eight assists – I couldn’t help but think of No. 24 when this T-Pain verse came up:
Now if I’m up in the spot (spot)
Or if I’m out on the block (block)
I hustle hard cause it’s all the same
And you know that grind don’t stop
Just ’cause I rose to the top
And everybody knows my name
Still grindin’ (still grindin’),
Still hustlin’ (still hustlin’)
No more pain (no more pain),
No more sufferin’ (no more sufferin’)
For my ladies and my shorties and my thugs,
keep that task, and the shine, and the love
That works, right? Who else but Kobe is “still hustling and grinding” after reaching the top, after all?
Despite numerous injuries, including his current broken finger, Bryant has not missed a single Lakers game since the 2006-07 season, when he was forced to skip a March 7 tilt against Milwaukee due to a suspension after a tussle with then Timberwolves guard Marko Jaric.
The last time Bryant didn’t play in a game due to an injury was in 2006 against Atlanta on Dec. 9, when he sat with a sprained ankle on which he couldn’t run. Of course, he returned for the next game.
Since Bryant played in all 82 Lakers games during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, and all 45 this season, when you take the 20 games after that Milwaukee contest, he’s played in 229 straight (not to mention his supreme effort en route to two straight trips to the Finals and an Olympic gold medal).
Still grindin’. Still hustlin.’