Kobe Bryant has been playing through a bone spur in his left foot for years, all without publicizing the injury and its challenges.
Bryant could have surgery in the offseason to remove the bone spur, but he never did have surgery on the mangled right pinky finger in 2008 or the arthritic right index finger in 2010.
"The thing I'm most proud of is being able to play for so many years and still be playing at a very, very high level," Bryant said. "That's the thing that I'm most proud of."
Bryant tweaked the bone spur in Thursday's Los Angeles Lakers loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.