Kobe Bryant has battled ankle ailments, back spasms, a sore hip, and the flu en route to an MVP-caliber season rife with clutch shots and ass-saving plays.
He remains the biggest reason the Lakers will prove a tough out in the playoffs.
I want competitors like Bryant, Manu Ginobili, and Chauncey Billups leading my battle charge.
This list, however, highlights the opposite brand of NBAer. Call them wimps and mental midgets.
When the going gets tough, they scram, hanging their teammates and coaches out to dry.
Gritty players get all wet inside when they face off against one of these cowards because they know they are headed for an all-you-can-eat buffet of layups and open jumpers.
These softies have the feel of Downy and lack any discernible intestinal fortitude. They look at you with those sad puppy eyes, and you know your team is screwed.
Who are eight of the softest players in the NBA?
Here's a list.