Posted April 13, 2013

Video: Lakers’ Kobe Bryant discusses Achilles injury

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

Kobe Bryant met with reporters on Friday night after suffering what the Lakers called a “probable torn left Achilles” tendon.

Addressing the injury directly after the Lakers’ 118-116 victory over the Warriors, Bryant said he won’t be able to play through the pain because he “can’t walk” and spoke openly about the need for surgery.

“I made a move I’ve made a million times and it popped,” Bryant said, calling the injury “by far” the biggest disappointment of his career.

The Lakers, fighting for the Western Conference’s No. 8 playoff seed, have just two games remaining in their regular season.

“It’s just [expletive] luck,” he said. “I was pissed and sad [walking off the court], we worked really hard to get to this point. I was pissed.”

Bryant, 34, has been unbelievably durable during his 17-year NBA career, playing more than 45,000 regular season minutes and more than 8,000 playoff minutes.

“I’ve never really had to deal with something like this,” he said. “This is a new experience for me. … I was tired in the locker room, sad, dejected. Thinking about this mountain, man, to overcome. This is a long process. I wasn’t sure I could do it. Then your kids walk in and you’ve got to set an example. Daddy is going to be fine, I’m going to do it. Work hard and go from there.”

The recovery timeline could easily carry well into the 2013-14 season, the final year of Bryant’s current contract. However, he said he was determined to use any talk that this could be a career-altering or career-ending injury as motivation for his recovery.

“It’s fueling me,” Bryant said. “I can feel it already. Players at this stage of their career pop an Achilles and the pundits say they’ll never come back the same. I can hear it already. It’s pissing me off right now just thinking about it.”

Video via YouTube user firstandskol | Hat tip: @CJZero

5 comments
azathoth
azathoth

Every new injury is the "worst."  True for this one, but I'm tired of hearing the skipping record.

dimuci0
dimuci0

You can't play an older player as many minutes as Kobe was playing. As a coach, its your job to tell him no and reason with him that you are extending his career.

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!!

JimmyMackey
JimmyMackey

@dimuci0

I blame D’Antoni for this injury too dimuci0 because he lets Kobe play all the time.People come to the Lakers games to see their team and to see Kobe play, now we may never have that chance again.Unfortunately, I can’t see all of the games I would like to when I’m working at my job at DISH.I just use the DISH Hopper’s Game Finder app at work to keep track of the Lakers’ scores and other teams I follow in the NBA, real time.I just glance at the TV by my desk once in a while and I know what’s going on with all of the games without any work on my part.