Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has refused to sit on the sidelines despite complaining of pain in his Achilles.
Bryant tore his Achilles during the 2012/13 season and it has since become a chronic problem for him. During Saturday’s 109-82 loss to the Utah Jazz, Bryant played just under 15 minutes and scored five points before sitting out for the remainder of the game.
Even though he was told to rest for two weeks by Lakers trainer Gary Viti, Bryant has opted to ignore medical advice as he looks to get the most out of his final NBA season.
“Two weeks is a long time. It doesn’t feel like a two-week injury,” Bryant told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I’ve had those before. This doesn’t feel that way.”
The Lakers cannot afford to lose Bryant as they have won just nine of the 42 games they have played thus far. In the 34 games he has played this season, Bryant is averaging 16.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.