Los Angeles Lakers swingman Kobe Bryant suffered a dislocated middle finger on his right (shooting) hand on Friday against the San Antonio Spurs. However, he would not miss any additional games due to the injury.
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Bryant Active vs. Bulls
Sunday, Feb. 21
The Lakers announced Bryant was in Sunday's starting lineup against Chicago.
Bryant's X-Rays Negative
Saturday, Feb. 20
According to Lakers.com's Mike Trudell, "X-Rays were negative on Kobe's finger, meaning there is no fracture and just a dislocation."
Bryant Injures Finger vs. Spurs
Friday, Feb. 19
Video appeared to show Bryant getting his finger reset before re-entering Friday's 119-113 loss to the San Antonio Spurs:
Trudell provided some more details on the sequence of events that unfolded following the injury:
Vitti taped Kobe’s middle finger and Bryant insisted he return to the game. He hit 1 shot, missed another, and left w/30 seconds left.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) February 20, 2016
"It hurt, but I’ve been through worse pain," Bryant said, per ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes.
Bryant's List of Injuries Continues to Grow in Final Season
Bryant has been battling shoulder and Achilles injuries all season long, but he's toughed it out during a farewell tour that has watched fans flock to stadiums throughout the Association to catch one last glimpse of the Purple and Gold legend.
"It's fun to go to these arenas for the last time and be able to soak it all in and really appreciate the arenas and appreciate the fans and the players from a different perspective versus having blinders on and really just focusing on one thing," Bryant said, according to the Associated Press' Janie McCauley (via NBA.com).
And while Bryant's effectiveness has plummeted following a debilitating Achilles tear, rotator cuff injury and fractured lateral tibial plateau in his knee, he's stayed true to his identity and hoisted shots with reckless abandon.