Posted April 13, 2013

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant suffered ‘probable torn Achilles’ against Warriors

Ben Golliver, Golden State Warriors, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers announced Friday night that All-Star guard Kobe Bryant has suffered a “probable torn left Achilles” tendon and will undergo an MRI to confirm the injury on Saturday. If confirmed, the injury would surely end his 2012-13 season.

“Terrible,” Bryant said during postgame comments. “A terrible feeling. … I made a move I’ve made a million times, and [the Achilles] just popped.”

Bryant, 34, left the Lakers’ 118-116 win over the Warriors on Friday after falling to the court in the fourth quarter while attempting to drive to his left past Harrison Barnes on the perimeter. Bryant walked off the court under his own power but moved gingerly. He departed with 3:06 remaining in the fourth quarter and did not return, finishing with 34 points (on 9-for-21 shooting), five rebounds and four assists in 45 minutes.

After the game, the five-time champion and 15-time All-Star reportedly spoke openly about the possibility of surgery and would not entertain the idea that the injury, which could sideline him for months, would be career-ending.

“Really? Really?” Bryant said in response to a query on the subject, according to Lakers.com.

CBSSports.com reported that Bryant was already using chatter that this injury would end his career as motivation: “It’s fueling me. It’s fueling me. I can feel it already.”

Bryant is averaging 27.3 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds in 78 games. He has averaged 38.6 minutes per game this season, tied for second most in the NBA. He has played at least 40 minutes in L.A.’s last seven games, including a 48-minute effort on Wednesday at Portland. Bryant previously missed time this season with a sprained ankle.

The 17-year veteran apparently suffered two earlier minor injuries against the Warriors. He came up holding his left knee after a hard drive to the hoop and appeared to favor his right ankle after a spinning drive.

L.A. improved to 43-37 with the win and maintained a one-game lead over Utah for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. The Lakers have just two games remaining in the regular season, against the Spurs on Sunday and the Rockets on Wednesday.

Video via YouTube user firstandskol | Hat tip: @CJzero

UPDATE: Here’s Bryant discussing the injury after the game:

20 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

A bad feeling, like getting raped by a chimp?

muser
muser

Career ender...

drkenneth
drkenneth

This is not only the type of injury that occurs when you play hurt but when you play so much like Kobe has been doing. He has been playing virtually every minute of each game the last couple of weeks and it was bound to catch up with him. People forget but the same thing happened to DRose last year when he came back too soon after being hurt and played a lot of minutes an had not fully healed.

drkenneth
drkenneth

Season is officially over! Even if they make the playoffs they ain't getting out of the first round without Kobe.

jsteppling
jsteppling

lakers shot 50 free throws, GS 16.

but no bias in officiating, right?

DoubleFish
DoubleFish

D'Antoni is a worthless coach who over-played Kobe until he broke down into a heap of pain and agony.


When asked why the Lakers have lost so many games:
"Oh I don't know..."

When asked what the Lakers should do to get better:
"We will just have to play harder!"

When asked earlier about what he might do differently knowing that Bogut's out for tonight:
"Nothing different. We will just play our way."

WORTHLESS!! Why do they even need D'Antoni as a coach then?! Might as well just ask MY DOG to coach the team!!

tfaw
tfaw

excellent.  now this organization can finally come together as a team...i was a huge Laker fan until the allegations about his sexual assault in Denver.  so perhaps this guy will finally exit the NBA; good riddance...

troynalls
troynalls

Those are the kinds of injuries that happen when you play hurt...

uncledrew
uncledrew

@jsteppling when Curry takes 31 shots, with half of those being 3 pointers no bias at all and i hate the lakers... its the difference between one team who penetrates to the hoop/posts up and basically a pure jump shooting team

Sami
Sami

@DoubleFish And you would be wrong about your dog. Lakers have some big names on that team, and it still is a terrible team. They have one post player with offensive moves who dominated the Olympics, yet he never gets the ball. They have a shot blocker with limited offensive skills, a 40 yr old PG who can't guard a chair and the rest of the team could be swapped with Bobcats. 


If you think for one second that this team should be at the top in the standings, then you don't know anything about basketball.

RobertM
RobertM

@tfaw You simply are not a real fan of basketball in general, the Lakers for sure, or winners in any field what so ever. To hate on Kobe Bryant such that you feel good about him not playing and going out like this means that you are a hater and simply not a fan of basketball at all.

Javin
Javin

@tfaw some random chick says she got raped by kobe bryant and make a bunch of money off of him and you want a living legend to leave? What he had done this year from a sports fan point of view was nothing but remarkable

RobertM
RobertM

@troynalls It just happens to athletes period I think. I've never had that injury and have played hurt for 20 years with various issues with hamstring, hip, ankle, knee etc.  Nobodys fault just an injury that you cannot predict or "try to avoid". You play balls out like he does and your body is bound to yank your chain every once and a while...

jsteppling
jsteppling

@uncledrew @jsteppling oh christ, go back and check the stats for the last month. How many times did the Lakers come out on the bad end of calls. Did you watch last night?? How many times did kobe get to the line and how many were legitimatge calls? Seriously............of course, OF COURSE there is bias.

DoubleFish
DoubleFish

@Sami @DoubleFish Sami, where exactly in my original post did I mention that they should be at the top of the standings? Did I mention ANYTHING about standings at all?

Read my post. My frustrations in regards to the three quotes from D'Antoni are:

1. He didn't know what's wrong with the team.
2: His doesn't know how to realistically improve the team.
3. He didn't bother to update his game plans according to each unique opponent.

Basically, the guy's clueless.  He's the coach. He's someone who's "supposed" to motivate his team. The words: "I don't know" should never, EVER leave his mouth. That's just the most fundamental thing EVER. And I do know, because I have trained and motivated people before as my JOB. (I was damned good at it.)


Sami
Sami

@RobertM @tfaw I'm a fan of basketball. Is it out of line to say that Kobe gets less out from his teammates than any other superstar during his generation, outside of Carmelo Anthony? No. You want big scoring numbers, questionable shot selection and post players who would do much better in another team, Kobe is your man. Don't expect wins during the post season as an underdog (never happened), and expect championships when the team is head and shoulders above the competition. And even then against a Celtics team that lost their best inside defender, Lakers needed Gasol to save them in Game 7. So yes, fan of basketball, fan of Bryant's hustle and determination, but not a fan of his overall game.

tfaw
tfaw

@Javin @tfaw she was hardly random.  as you may know, they settled out of court not because he was innocent, by the way.

kobe is hardly a living legend.  he is just a thug that knows how to put a little orange ball through a hoop.  living legends are people that actually made a difference in society, such as engineers, astronauts, people in medicine, soldiers, etc.

sure, kobe is pretty good at putting a ball through a hoop.  i don't hate kobe because he is not worthy of my hate. but i am very satisfied he is now out and i will be more satisfied if he retires or decides to come back and fail.  

i am a sports fan, but when people and organizations fail to engage in acceptable behavior, i am no longer a fan.

rashke
rashke

@Javin @tfaw Even accomplished men are rapists. Live with it. Do you really think this guy takes "no" for an answer?

uncledrew
uncledrew

@jsteppling @uncledrew if you have a problem with bias calls dont watch pro sports, in fact, dont watch sports at all. its the way most games are called now. its dumb and i dont support it but neither you or i can control it... ALL star players in every sport get bias calls... OKC should have never got to the finals last year, should have been the spurs. again a team i absolutely hate in the spurs got royally screwed in the series by the refs... the lakers game against portland... almost the same FT attempts, game against the hornets almost the same FT attempts... these are games in which are the most critical for them making the playoffs and the attempts are almost exactly the same...