Los Angeles Lakers superstar shows just how tough he is after revealing thought process. He is regularly voted as one of the toughest players in the NBA.
His desire to win and do whatever it takes to get his team across the line has become legendary in his 17 seasons in the league, but even Kobe Bryant has even outdone himself.
Recalling the moment his season ended due to snapping his Achilles tendon last year, Bryant said all he was thinking about was finding a way to play the final three minutes.
At the time of the injury, Bryant and the Lakers were walking a tightrope to make the playoffs in the Western Conference and found themselves down by just two against the Golden State Warriors.
Bryant now famously limped to the free-throw line after the injury to tie the score, but that does not compare to what the man himself was hoping to try and do.
“When I first did it, right there, I was trying to feel if the tendon is there or if it’s gone,” Bryant said when watching footage of the indecent back again.
“I realised it wasn’t there. I was literally trying to pull the tendon up, so hopefully I could walk and kind of hobble through the last two and a half minutes and try to play.”
Bryant is continuing his rehabilitation ahead of the the start of the 2013-14 season, and while he is talking up the chances of playing close to the start of he year, the Lakers are going to have to battle without their spiritual and on-court leader for several weeks.