Bryant, who is one of the toughest players in NBA history, says he only took games off if he couldn't walk:
“No, the only time I took a game off is when I couldn’t walk,” Bryant told Frank Isola of The Athletic. “The thing about taking games off is your games, your seasons in your career go by really, really, quickly. So, you want to make sure you don’t miss any of those moments.
“The other part about that is there are kids in the crowd and families in the crowd…. this will be the only time they get a chance to see you. They save up their hard-earned money to watch you perform. So, if you can walk and perform get there and perform.”
Kobe Bryant played through multiple injuries during his legendary career. Heck, he shot free throws after tearing his Achilles.
Bryant's pain tolerance was on another level. The 18-time All-Star was able to trick his mind and convince himself he wasn't really hurt. It's one of the main reasons why Kobe became one of the greatest players in NBA history.