Kobe Bryant wouldn’t really talk about his injured ankle, and he wasn’t letting doctors look at it either. All Phil Jackson would say was that he was playing.
After the game, it took Hornets coach Monty Williams to sum it up best (as reported by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated):
“All this talk about his ankle — did it look like his ankle was hurting? OK then. It is what it is. He made a spectacular play.”
The spectacular play in question is his dunk over Ekemka Okafor. Although the one over Carl Landry was pretty good, too.
It would be very Kobe for the treatments to work, for his ankle to feel a lot better and for him to keep that quiet as his own little secret he would spring on the world during the game. Kobe loves him some mind games, some psychological warfare.
Maybe that’s why he and Phil Jackson get along.