Broken Right Hand – 1999

Image courtesy of – Bryant shooting baskets while wearing a cast on his right arm after suffering a fractured metacarpal in his right wrist during the first half of a loss to the Washington Wizards in the first exhibition game of the season


Practicing jump shots with his left hand showed Bryant’s determination not to let the broken hand be a setback in his career or the Lakers season. His body’s ability to recover quickly allowed him to have a break-out year, making the transition from a premier talent to a premier player. Despite the broken hand,
Bryant earned his first selection to the First Team All-Defensive team and his first NBA Championship during the 1999-2000 NBA season.

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