LOS ANGELES - A dejected Kobe Bryant sat in the Lakers locker room trying to hide the pain in his foot, but the pain in his soul showed right through.
Bryant who is the heart and soul and voice of the Lakers appears to finally have met his Waterloo.
And even Kobe Bean Bryant would have a hard time trying to convince even the number one Laker fan Jack Nicholson otherwise.
Number 24, admitted that it looks like The Curse of Shaquille has finally caught up with him and the Lakers.
Kobe who this year became the NBA's first player/coach did not try to make any excuses like he has in the past where he tried to blame his teammates, his coach, Shaquille O'Neal, Louisiana voodoo women, or even the 76-year-old Nicholson for his injuries.
As Bryant sat surrounded by half a dozen sports reporters, Rufus Reno with Sports Balls Illustrated Daily asked him how he was feeling.
The man who nicknamed himself El Viño, said that his ankle felt like it had just been stepped on by Wynonna Judd.
He paused and then added "Actually to be more specific my ankle feels like Wynonna Judd stepped on it with Kirstie Alley standing on her shoulders."
SIDENOTE: Kobe pointed out that he heard from a very reliable source that Charles "Fat Boy" Barkley, who does not like him had stated to Sporting Chance Magazine's Hercules Confetti that two hours prior to the game in which Kobe got hurt, Barkley had been doing some Alabama backwoods mumbo jumbo with a little Kobe Bryant Bobblehead Doll.