Kobe Bryant injures shoulder, returns to play left-handed (video)
Kobe Bryant drove for a dunk in the third quarter against the Pelicans, but he grabbed his right shoulder as he ran back up court:
Kobe left the game a couple minutes later.
With five minutes remaining and the Lakers down 13, Kobe returned – playing left-handed. He attempted a couple turnaround jumpers, making his first and missing the second (hat tip: Seth Rosenthal of SB Nation):
This is just incredible. Kobe’s ambidextrousness has long been an asset, but for him to be using it at this age with his team essentially out of the game says something about his resolve. So do Kobe’s words.
Kobe: “I’ve played with a torn labrum, so I’m not too concerned.“ Says it’s too early to get worried about this being a long term injury.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 22, 2015
Kobe: “Stretching, ice bath tonight when we get to San Antonio, do my strength training in the morning. Go about my normal routine.“— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 22, 2015