The Los Angeles Lakers has had a shaky difficult season, but it’s about to get uglier as they will lose playmaker Kobe Bryant for the rest of the season; Bryant suffered from a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg on Friday and it’s likely done for the year.
The injury happened in the fourth quarter of the 118-116 win the Lakers managed to pull off against the Golden State Warriors on Friday. “Just terrible,” Bryant said. “It’s a terrible feeling, man.”
“I was just hoping it wasn’t what I knew it was,” Bryant said. “Just trying to walk it off, hoping that the sensation would come back, but no such luck.”
“MRI, surgery and then recovery,” Bryant added. “I was really tired, man. Just tired in the locker room and dejected and thinking about this mountain to overcome. I mean, this is a long process and wasn’t sure I could do it. Then your kids walk in, and you’re like, ‘I need to set an example. Daddy is going to be fine.’ I can do it. Work hard and just go from there.”
The injury comes as Kobe has 34 years old, which makes you wonder if he can deal with the news and the process.
“I’ve never really had to deal with something like this,” said Bryant. “It’s a new experience for me. Obviously, there’s been a bunch of players that have had the same injury, so, all I can do is look at them and what they’ve done and who had more success coming back quicker and healthier and see what they did and see if I can improve upon it.”
The Lakers lead the race for the 8th spot over Utah by one game with two matches remaining in the regular season schedule.
The oddsmakers moved the Lakers from 30-1 to 100-1 to win the NBA title after hearing the news of Kobe Bryant’s injury.