WATCH: Basketball Player Dislocates Finger But Fixes it Immediately In Kobe Bryant Fashion

Published 11/22/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after scoring in Game 2 of the western conference finals. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


NBA players often miss games because of injury woes. But there is one player, like a selective few others, that didn’t care whether he got hurt or not. His only focus was to play with all he had and win. That’s right, it’s none other than Kobe Bryant. However, when a mentality similar to him comes across, it’s impossible not to come to everyone’s notice. And when the player has not even entered the big league’s, it’s even more shocking.

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An incident brings back memories of Kobe Bryant

In his last season playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant dislocated his middle finger while playing against the San Antonio Spurs, a game which they eventually lost by the score of 119-113. It happened during the last two minutes left in the fourth quarter. The legend was struggling to get the rebound after a missed three-pointer, he slipped on the floor and landed on his finger in an uncomfortable position.

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Neither Bryant, not anybody else knew if it could be popped back into it’s place. So, as he made his way to the sidelines, he turned towards his long-time trained Gary Vitti for assistance. And in a jiffy, his finger was back to its natural spot. As expected, Kobe was seen hitting the hardwood floor again as if nothing had happened.

A somewhat similar incident happened with Emmanuel Maldonado, a player for the Overtime Elite program. While he was playing defense, and that’s when he hit his finger. A video of him screaming in pain went viral but when it was fixed in one go and went back to playing, for a second there, Kobe was on everyone’s mind.

 

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Who is Emmanuel Maldonado?

Earlier this year, an initiative came up known as ‘Overtime Elite. It was a program that helped boys between the ages of 16-18 make their way to becoming professional basketball players. It’s nothing like AAU or prep school but actually gives the necessary education and resources that one needs to get to the NBA, along with getting paid for it as well.

They began to sign youngsters with great potential and a roster of 27 people came to life. Amongst these was Emmanuel Maldonado. The 6-foot-3 point guard has experience being an international player for Puerto Rico’s U19. In fact, he has already created a social media presence that has gained a lot of popularity because of his workout videos and highlights from the game.

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The above incident shows that this initiative is showing signs of success by bringing in players showing signs of dedication just like someone as brilliant as Kobe.

 

 

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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