Kobe Bryant told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that despite his recent run of injuries, he will make his start at the NBA All-Star game on Sunday.
Bryant played in the Lakers' loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, his fourth game since a run of injuries started on Jan. 12. He scored 14 points and took only seven shots in 36 minutes.
Bryant came off the injured list for the second time in three weeks on Wednesday. He was most recently recovering from a cut finger he suffered while working in his garage. Before that he suffered a sprained shoulder, and spent a week in Colorado going to hearings regarding his sexual assault case.
"It was a long week," Bryant told the Times. "But everything's past. When you're going through something, it seems like it lasts forever. But once you pass it, it's gone. I'm glad to be here right now."
"Being healthy for the team was most important," he said. "[But] playing in the All-Star game is fun, especially with the amount of votes I received."
Bryant was the leading vote-getter for the Western Conference.
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