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Kobe Bryant

Takes Shot to the Wrist

1/3/2012 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant wrist injury
Kobe Bryant isn't talking about his injury and how it affected his performance Sunday night against Denver -- he scored only 16 points -- however we found out he was in such agony, the team doctor gave him an injection in his wrist to numb the pain, but it hardly worked.

Kobe tore a ligament in his right wrist during the first pre-season game against the Clippers.  Sources connected to the team tell TMZ ... the pain has been excruciating.  Our sources say he's gotten a numbing shot before each game since the injury, and as a result the pain was tolerable during play.  But we're told the shot did almost nothing Sunday night, and as one source put it, "It was a miracle that he even played."

Our Lakers sources tell us ... in addition to the numbing shots, Kobe's regimen is now to play with a cast, get physical therapy after each game and wear a flexible cast at all times off the court.

One source put it this way ... "If it was anyone else but Kobe, if they did play they'd come up goose eggs on the scoreboard.  It's incredible he's playing at all."

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16.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

He's gonna need that wrist in good condition when wifey blows the coup unless he can bling bribe her, it worked last time dogg!! A ho's a ho.

969 days ago
17.

UPYOURS    

Interpretation of the last sentence. PR team working overtime....

969 days ago
18.

Keith    

Has the basketball season started already? Yawn!

968 days ago
19.

your own luck    

I find this very similar to the situation Tiger Woods was in. Plagued with upheaval in his personal life, career injuries = an end to a career at the top of his game.

968 days ago
20.

mo    

I heard the gay causes weak wrist muscles.

968 days ago
21.

dd    

Take it easy Kobe we need you!!!!!!

968 days ago
22.

dd    

Stop hating Kobe and his wife have already settled, they are getting along for the kids...and GUESS WHAT now she is free to continue dating Tito Ortiz!!!!!

968 days ago
23.

Johnny Carcinoma    

Only LA cares about Kobe, the rapist. Alleged.

Ha.

968 days ago
24.

Blah    

Hmmmm....he got a shot in the wrong place. Should have been further down and to the center. Then maybe his wrist would still be sore but his marriage would be intact.

968 days ago
25.

SheisHot    

His wrist is the least of his worries, he must be going bat **** crazy knowing that other men are balling his gorgeous wife in every hole.

968 days ago
26.

Gary    

First Kobe was sticking up for the Kardashians and now TMZ is kissing Kobes butt...does anybody remember how many stories TMZ did on Tiger bashing him as a womanizer?...how come not Kobe...a rapist and a womanizer.....I used to think Harvey was kind of cool and TMZ....I am losing interest in all things TMZ with all the Kardashians butt kissing...and now we have the Kobe promoting...we get enough of that with the laker announcer Stu....his nose is so far up
Kobes butt...I don't know how he breathes.

968 days ago
27.

I am Spartacus    

he better get the surgery now

968 days ago
28.

Thurston Howell III    

This douchebag needs to laser off that hideous "Vanessa" tattoo.

What is this guy's I.Q. anyway? He seems barely able to function in the adult world.

968 days ago
29.

arale norimaki    

Whats going on here? Who is that?

968 days ago
30.

brown dynamite    

This was reported to other sites almost a week ago, why even bother writing this article TMZ?

968 days ago
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