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“A fire breaks out in the home. I’m willing to bet that you will forget about your hamstring!” — Kobe Bryant’s views on injuries and why kept on playing through them

Kobe's explanation proves playing basketball was a life-and-death situation, and his teammates were his family.
Los Angeles Lakers injured guard Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant played through numerous injuries. Was it just his steely resolve to help his team win no matter what? You bet. Bryant shared his views on why he played despite the hurt and pain.

“A fire breaks out in the home. I’m willing to bet that you will forget about your hamstring!

Kobe Bryant didn’t fear anyone on the court, and it seemed only injuries could stop him. However, there were multiple times he still played despite different parts of his body aching and hurting. He had his Achilles torn at one point but still soldiered on and made the free throws.

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Another time, his finger got jammed. He then asked their trainer to pop it right back and immediately returned to the game. Even Tim Duncan thought it was surreal.

During one interview, the Black Mamba explained why he had such a mentality. For Kobe, it was about channeling his reaction from real-life situations to on-court incidents.

You’re at home and all of a sudden a fire breaks out in the home, your kids are upstairs, wife is wherever she may be, s**t is going down. I’m willing to bet that you will forget about your hamstring. you’re going to sprint upstairs, you’re going to grab your kids. Make sure your wife is good. (You’re) getting out of that house!

That was how the Lakers legend pulled through life adversities. You can’t just freeze when the moment comes. You must be mentally prepared if unforeseen things happen on and off the court.

Mamba Mentality

Kobe was a dedicated father to his kids. There were countless pieces of evidence to prove that. Even in his example, he was putting them first. Whenever he stepped onto the court, he treated his teammates as brothers and family. Someone he could go to war with. He was literally laying it all out on the floor every night.

It might seem foolish to risk a long-term career for short-term gains. Bryant may have won some battles, but it cost him more games as injuries took their toll on his body. But that’s Kobe Bryant for you, and that’s why there will be no other player like him. Anyone can say they give their 100% every game, but with Mamba, we know it was true.

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