Kobe Bryant has a reputation for being tough and playing through pain, and stubbornness at times has a certain charm to it. However, the Lakers' guard is taking his toughness to a new level with his latest injury. Bryant, who injured his left ankle and foot on Sunday night in Game 4 in New Orleans against the Hornets, on Monday refused to take an MRI exam, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:
Bryant spent Monday undergoing extensive treatment on the ankle, according to Jackson, including icing, electrostimulation and massage.
Bryant declined to undergo any further examination of the injury through X-rays or an MRI, going against the wishes of the Lakers front office.
The Lakers have officially listed Bryant as day-to-day with a sprained left ankle, but by all accounts Bryant is expected to play Tuesday night. The best-of-seven series with the Hornets is tied at 2-2, and Game 5 will start at 7:30 p.m. PDT and be televised on TNT and Fox Sports West.
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