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Kobe Bryant appears on Extreme Makeover Home Edition

January 21, 2012 |  2:36 pm

All the aching parts in his surgically repaired right knee and sprained left ankle prompted Kobe Bryant to undergo innovative procedures this summer in Germany to repair them. The torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist prompted Bryant to receive pregame injections and wear an oven-mitt-like material after the game.

And the ailing offense that currently plagues the Lakers' team has prompted Bryant to carry even more of the scoring burden.

Yup, it seems like Bryant has relentlessly taken rebuilding project after rebuilding project. That extends past the basketball court, too.

Bryant appeared in a recent episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition, as part of rebuilding efforts in connection to a tornado that swept through Joplin. Mo. He appeared in early October at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center, which organized a clothing drive for the tornado victims.  

reported 160 people died from a tornado that swept through that region on May 22 and has been considered the seventh deadliest in U.S. history. 

Those who brought clothing were entered into a raffle for a chance to play Bryant in a one-on-one game, which essentially became practice for what might amount to a massive rebuilding effort during the Lakers' 2011-12 season.


Kobe Bryant has role in Extreme Makeover Home Edition

--Mark Medina

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