Posted September 14, 2013

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant says he tried to ‘pull the tendon up’ after Achilles injury

Ben Golliver, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
(Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant suffered a torn Achilles back in April. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant’s 2012-13 season ended in gruesome fashion when he tore his left Achilles tendon during an April game against the Warriors. Well, it actually ended after the Lakers’ All-Star guard walked back onto the court after a timeout to take two free throws following the initial injury.

That decision to keep playing rather than head immediately to the locker room — not to mention the fact that he made both shots — will always have a place in Kobe lore. While speaking with Nike employees at the apparel manufacturer’s Oregon headquarters on Friday, Bryant explained what exactly was going through his mind at the time of the injury, which occurred as he attempted to drive to his left past Harrison Barnes.

“When I first did it, right there, I was trying to feel if the tendon is there or if it’s gone,” Bryant recalled, in comments recorded by Nike. “I realized it wasn’t there. I was literally trying to pull the tendon up so hopefully I could walk and kind of hobble through the last two and a half minutes and try to play.”

It’s safe to say that the free throws were just the beginning of his plan.

Of course, the reality of his injury did kick in, and Bryant hobbled to the locker room after sinking the pair. The injury would require season-ending surgery.

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

Bryant, 35, has been unbelievably durable during his 17 seasons, playing more than 45,000 regular season minutes and more than 8,000 playoff minutes. He averaged a team-leading 27.3 points, 6. assists and 5.6 rebounds in 2012-13, helping the Lakers sneak into the playoffs despite a disappointing season.

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

It’s unclear whether Bryant will be available when the Lakers face the Clippers on Oct. 29, the opening night of the 2013-14 season, but he was cleared to run on an anti-gravity treadmill back in August.

“I’m feeling pretty good, stronger than I was,” Bryant said during an interview with TimeOutDubai.com earlier this week. “I’m ahead of [my recovery] schedule…I don’t know [whether] that means I’ll start the season – I hope so.”

Bryant, the NBA’s highest-paid player, is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $30.5 million, He needs just 676 points to move past Michael Jordan for the No. 3 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

Video via YouTube user NBillets

47 comments
drhee9
drhee9

To all of you Kobe haters who don't miss a beat to hate on every. single. article.

His airness, Money, Air Jordan, Jumpman23 and for all you retards out there who don't know: Michael jordan respects Kobe Bryant AND his game. Who the f--- are you?

JustinParisi
JustinParisi

I absolutely despise Kobe Bryant.


But respect for coming in to shoot FTs after blowing out the Achilles... even if it was just to pad the stats. :-P

AllNBA94
AllNBA94

Everyone is hating kobe for sacrificing everything to get his team to the playoffs. Kobe is one of the greatest of all time and you guys have to give credit where credit is due

bambam824
bambam824

Soon the Black Mamba will rise to 3rd ALL TIME CAREER SCORING, but this is how the legendary guard earned his money the past decade with 5 BLING:

MOST NBA PLAYOFF POINTS SCORED DECADE OF 2000's:

1 Kobe Bryant 4,053

2 Shaquille O'Neal 3,359 

3 Tim Duncan 3,143 

4 Dirk Nowitzki 2,472 

5 Richard Hamilton 2,467 

6 Chauncey Billups 2,357 

7 Tony Parker 2,300 

8 Rasheed Wallace 1,907 

9 Allen Iverson 1,883 

10 LeBron James 1,761


100
100

This a stupid article and kobe's an idiot.

100
100

How in the hell you going to pull the tendon back up?????????....This dude is a dramatic story teller, pull the tendon up hahahahahahahahahaha!

PowerBone
PowerBone

What a cry baby. Couldn't suck it up but is good at sucking other things

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

Kobe s original thought was to chew the injured foot off then cauterize the wound, then finish the game and season, thus leading the lakers to anothere championship.

ClaudeCalixte
ClaudeCalixte

Yeah right, Kobe.  I am sick and tired of you telling us how tough you are. 

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

I have to seriously question his injury. He might of had a tear, but partial at most. There's no way that it was a full blown tear. Look how he's walking when going to the free throw line, he's able to move his foot. Also look at the 21 second of the video, you can see the shape in his left calf.

It's no wonder he's making an amazing recovery, because he only has to make a partial, partial tear recovery.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Ha Kobe, you are a mental midget, even a child knows you can't just pull a tendon up and fix it...

DirtyPantiesLover1
DirtyPantiesLover1

when i think of kobe, i think of the epic cover of SI titled "it's over" which shows kobe running shaq outta town

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

He tried to "pull the tendon up" in a CO hotel too...

Keef
Keef

The NBA is "better" when the Lakers are good? Not sure fans of the other 30 or so teams would agree with you on that. I for one am more than ready for them to suck for at least a few years. A little adversity would be good for them and their fans. By the way , I think that's coming, like it or not.

mystafugee
mystafugee

Kobe is one of the greatest Lakers and a top 50 player of all-time.  Having said at this point he's destroying the franchise and there's no Jerry Buss to stop him.  It's sad, the NBA is better when the Lakers are good.  

Dog1
Dog1

I predict Kobe will end up just like Derek Jeter. 

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

So, you click on an article obviously about Kobe Bryant, someone you apparently don't like, read his answers to questions, and then type out a pathetic little missive about how no one cares? EYE-ROW-KNEEEEEEEE. Hahahahahahah!

Mark112
Mark112

What a gamer that Kobe is, huh?  Kobe is the most attention starved prima donna in professional sports. Will he ever stop talking about his injury, for Christsakes? It's football season; no one cares about Kobe or the Lakers (except when they miss the playoffs this year).

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@bambam824 

The loser Bryant was 1st in shot attempts last season despite being ranked 150th in shooting percentage.

AaronHoover
AaronHoover

@JasonLeBel My Achilles tendon tore completely in half in High School and I walked home. You are still able to move your foot and to be honest it didn't hurt all that bad at first.

jso
jso

@SukeMadiq 

Talk about a fool, duh really. Just shows his competitive nature. lol talk about a child brain. SMH

jso
jso

@DirtyPantiesLover1  

You don't poop in your pants...just shows KB24 didn't need to be the so called 2nd best player given his 2 addition rings.

crdurrett018
crdurrett018

@Keef Its going to be like before they got Kobe and Shaq in the mid 90's.


They traded 3 future 1sts for Steve Nash who is almost 40 and coming off his most injury prone year in half a decade.


They traded a 1st to the Magic for Howard. He bolted. There isn't a ton of options available in the near future.

jso
jso

@Keef  

Don't forget who's paying your bills boy... looks like the owners still want more money from going bankrupt (revenue sharing). You should be grateful you ingrate!... lol

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Keef TV ratings, that's all that matter, as for the 29 other teams?  When national ratings are good, they're better too cause they get a cut of it.  

grimdoggie
grimdoggie

@Dog1 Yeah, fabulously wealthy, corporate endorsements, future first ballot Hall Of  Famer with 5 championships.  Yeah Dog1...dreadful future.

jso
jso

@Mark112  

Haters going to hate... blame the reporters who write the articles. Although, if they stopped talking about the Lakers they'd likely wouldn't get a lot of reader and bloggers.  You must be a browns or raiders fan... good luck bra  

Dodgers
Dodgers

@Mark112 apparently you care since you're at this article commenting.

drhee9
drhee9

@SukeMadiq @bambam824 idiots like you don't remember what the lakers looked like AFTER he was injured. Their offense looked like a JV team with no coach. It was stagnant and ineffective. He had to shoot last season whether he liked it or not. But you probably didn't even know that. I'd be surprised if you even watched basketball regularly.
Not sure if 27 pts 5 reb and 6 apg is considered loser or epic.

crdurrett018
crdurrett018

@PaulHeeChangSung @JasonLeBel Thats BS. I'm a Spurs fan and they do it all of the time.

 Duncan sitting out with a "sore calf" during the first game of a back to back only to score 21 and 15 after a miraculous recover.  

 Pop does the exact same thing with Parker.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@jso @SukeMadiq

U mad son?  No be hatins on me, U ignant, drink yo hateraid, hu yu 2 be jujin me?

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@tushymcspankspank @SukeMadiq 

Well then he chili dogged a ho while married, and in his own words only took 5 minutes from when she entered until she left the room.  Your boy is a premature shooter!

drhee9
drhee9

@JasonLeBel @PaulHeeChangSung Because even a slight tear in his achilles wouldn't be bad right?
Is this a kobe a bryant conspiracy theory?

Dude up there told you he completely tore his and walked him from school man.

GTFO

RafalPruszyn-ski
RafalPruszyn-ski

@JasonLeBel @PaulHeeChangSung Dude you did just say he lied, TWICE. The media reports are based on OFFICIAL reports. Do you understand what that means and how you've just said he lied, TWICE? DO YOU?

jso
jso

@SukeMadiq @jso

U'z a troll hater mang. Just shows Kobe's got mo ballz than u ballers son. Google and check out how many chumps have been carried off d court  for wimpy stuff while Kobe makes 2 free throws b 4 walking out himself BOY.

U ignant chump... don't let me find u SON!