Remember the notorious 6-for-24 shooting disaster suffered by Kobe Bryant in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals? With the constant reminders from the media and the ever-present legions of Laker haters, how could you not?
While that disastrous inaccuracy nearly cost the Lakers the NBA title, many forget a major detail that may have led to Bryant’s shooting futility. Seven months earlier, on Dec. 11, Bryant suffered an avulsion fracture in two places near the tip of the right middle finger on his shooting hand.
Rather than sit out six weeks to allow the finger to properly heal, Bryant played through the injury - reconfiguring his shooting stroke in the process.
Playing through the painful injury hampered Bryant’s shooting percentage the rest of the season and, as Kevin Ding of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER reports today, may result in him never playing again “without wearing support for his damaged right index finger.” Read more…