On Tuesday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Black Mamba matched Pau Gasol as the leading Lakers scorers in the game, but there was a point when he fell while Tony Allen was guarding him, and Lakers fans everywhere held their breath.
Kobe held his left knee -- the leg with the surgically repaired Achilles. Afterward, Bryant explained what happened, saying:
"I just kind of twisted my knee a little bit. It feels alright. I hyper-extended it. I tend to hyper-extend my knees every now and then. It’s one of those situations. Yeah, [it was scary]. Absolutely.
For me, I know I’m back when those pull-up jumpers start going, especially when it’s against a defender like Tony Allen who’s just breathing all over you and is very physical. I felt really comfortable being able to elevate and shoot through the contact. That’s when I know I’m starting to feel alright."
The good news is that Bryant didn't seem hindered by the tweak, so it shouldn't affect him going forward.
During the second quarter, Bryant did leave for the locker room unexpectedly, but it was reportedly just to keep his knees and joints warm while resting.