Kobe Bryant is still mentioned in social media even when he does not have a presence on the court. His season-ending shoulder injury hasn’t stopped him from maintaining traction on Facebook, Twitter, Vine and Youtube.
Laker Nation’s Facebook page showed a post about an article that documented Bryant’s absence from this weekend’s All-Star festivities in New York City. He is one of the few NBA stars that can dominate social media outlets during an injury-plagued season.
The Lakers twitter feed also contains posts related to the injured Bryant. Even though he was ruled out for the 2015 NBA All-Star game due to injury, personnel running the Lakers Store are still advertising his All-star game jersey.
As of February 15th, the third post on the #Lakers Vine site showed a montage about Bryant, displaying him as a living legend. His recent ailments do not prevent people from wanting to remember his greatness.
In an effort to continue to generate stories about the injured Bryant, some affiliates have started to document other players’ opinions about him, as evident in the video below.
Whether he plays another minute in the NBA or not, Bryant will be a recurring social media topic long after he is done playing.
Kobe Bryant was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff last Friday, and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. However, the third leading scorer in NBA history has suffered over 20 injuries throughout his career. While injuries have ended Bryant’s season each of the past three years, he has demonstrated a resolve of playing through physical ailments and missing minimal playing time during 16 of of his 19-year Hall-of-Fame career. Click on any of the the images below to view a detailed depiction of 10 of the more severe injuries that Bryant has fought to overcome.
Image courtesy of espn.go.com – Bryant grabbing his right shoulder after suffering a torn rotator cuff during the second half of a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans
Image courtesy of re-crazy.com – Bryant lying on the ground after suffering a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in the left knee during a win over the Memphis Grizzlies
Image courtesy of cbsnews.com – Bryant grabbing his left foot after suffering a torn left achilles in the second half of a win over the Golden State Warriors
Image courtesy of purpleandgoldbold.com – Bryant lying on the floor after suffering a sprained left ankle during a loss to the Atlanta Hawks
Image courtesy of losangeles.cbslocal.com – Bryant grabbing his left shin after suffering Tenosynovitis of the shin during a loss to the Houston Rockets
Image courtesy of lakersblog.latimes.com – Bryant wincing after suffering a sprained left ankle during a win over the Charlotte Bobcats
Image courtesy of chinadaily.com – Bryant grabbing his right ankle after spraining the ankle in the first half during a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers
Image courtesy of USATODAY.com – Bryant grabbing his right shoulder after suffering a sprained acromio clavicular joint during the first half of a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers
Image courtesy of youtube.com – Bryant lying on the floor, grabbing his left ankle, after suffering a sprained left ankle during the first half of a win in the NBA Finals over the Indiana Pacers
Image courtesy of reddit.com – 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