Kobe's Physical Toughness One-Ups Phil's Foolishness
What does LeBron go, 6-9 and 260 with the body of a Hummer? And what does Kobe go, 6-6 and 205, built like a Testarossa? And yet, who's the tougher guy in crash scenarios?
I still don't know what look he was going for in that regrettable Los Angeles Times photo shoot recently, the first -- and hopefully last -- time in the history of fashion that a man would wear a headband, top hat and bow tie in the same way-funky portrait. And we thought Alex Rodriguez was narcissistic. But a bad idea will be forgiven quickly if Bryant, the last megastar left in the NBA playoffs, keeps ignoring his injuries and scores 40 points seemingly without effort.
As fools whispered about troubling news, Bryant simply drained jump shots and drew fouls Monday night against the straining, reaching and overmatched Phoenix Suns. What about the knee, the index finger, the back spasms, the ankle? "I practice so much during the season," he said after leading the Lakers to a 128-107 blowout that should revive confidence that they are the favorites to repeat. "In the offseason, I work a lot. To take a week off, I'm not going to lose all the work I put in prior to that."