Los Angeles Lakers: Home Stretch Means Kobe Bryant’s Ankle Has Time To Heal

OK, Laker Nation…..take a deep breath.  Kobe Bryant will be fine.  It’s just a sprain. 

I think the scariest part for everybody was how spooked Kobe was when it happened.  He later said he thought he might have dislocated his ankle and was relieved when that was not the case.  But I can promise you the collective fan base was terrified. 

Season ending injury?  Yikes! 

Say what you want about Kobe, but there is no question that he is tough.  Last year, I kept saying to myself, "I can’t believe that we are going to win a championship with this guy playing with one knee, one ankle and nine fingers." 

And yet…..it happened. 

Phil Jackson even confirmed the seriousness of Kobe’s injuries during the playoffs to the LA Times in an interview that ran over the weekend.  They were much more serious than many folks knew.

So, let’s look back at the week that was.  I’ll take 3-1 on a road trip any day.  Fabulous win at the Spurs.  And a nice win at Atlanta too.  But I had a feeling they were going to lose to the Heat. 

The Heat were a textbook case of a team in "desperation must win" mode.  In their minds, it was like an elimination playoff game.  They left everything on the floor.  They played like their season was on the line and in a way, it was.  Not standings wise, but more in regards to mental toughness. 

And the Heat finally acknowledged what I’ve been saying all along:  LeBron James is not the leader of that team.  Dwyane Wade is.  Yup.  I said it.  A couple of those last minute drives to the basket were unbelievable.  Even Kobe gave respect.  Chris Bosh stepped up and was a huge contributor. That being said, I think it is still a three-way brawl in the East to go to...

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