Kobe Bryant said after Saturday’s practice that the left ankle/foot he hurt in Sunday’s Game 4 at New Orleans is “fine” heading into L.A.’s Western Conference Semifinal series against Dallas.
Of course, whether or not Bryant is completely fine or not, he’s going to play through it, as he did in Tuesday and Thursday wins that closed out the Hornets.
Yet, when asked for his thoughts on Bryant’s injury, Phil Jackson chose some different words from his shooting guard.
“It still affects him a lot,” said Jackson. “It’s not going away anytime soon.”
Bryant did not practice on Saturday, instead rehabilitating the ankle/foot, and Jackson said he doesn’t expect No. 24 to practice much throughout the Round 2 series.
“It’s tender to the touch still,” Jackson continued. “He’s still limping when he walks. It’s a limited amount of improvement.”
Nonetheless, the four days between Game 6 and Monday’s Game 1 certainly helped Bryant who argued that he “Finished off Game 4 fine … played Game 5 fine, Game 6 was fine, I’m fine.”
We get the idea.