Kobe Bryant’s Knee: How It’s Held Up and What It Means for the LA Lakers

If Kobe Bryant’s Knee could talk it would probably say something to the effect of, “I’m so far from 100 percent it’s not even funny. BUT don’t tell Kobe I told you that!"

Likewise, if we were privy to the inner dialogue Kobe Bryant has with his knee among other parts of his body, it would invariably sound much like his recent retort to reporters "I'm 100 percent, I don't give a [expletive] what he says…Leave me alone about my knee. I'm fine."

But his knee can’t speak and unlike John Cusack in the movie Being John Malkovich, we don’t have a portal into Bryant’s mind—or do we?

The “he” Bryant spoke of was of course coach Phil Jackson, who again countered, "He's not 100 percent, but that's nice of him to say it."

In Zen-speak that translates into: He’s lying. 

Bryant is notoriously private about the condition of his body.  His mindset is remarkably old-school and devoid of excuses.  If I can breathe, I can go, seems to be his one and only mantra.

If anyone has an approximate idea as to the inner working of Bryant’s mind, it would be his coach right?

We’ve long known that Kobe Bryant’s will is second to none.  When it comes to his body, it’s even greater than any of us could have possibly imagined—physical limitations be damned. 

This might be the ultimate example of mind over matter.  No longer do we have to put stock in age old tales of yogi’s enduring unimaginable physical hardships that most of us would have to see to believe.  We’ve been experiencing it for almost nightly, for years now as No. 24 suits up despite a litany of injuries. 

Simply put, when Bryant puts his mind to something, nothing, not even his body matters.

So what does this mean for the Los Angeles Lakers' season?

Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers