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Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 1:25 am  |  80 responses

Kobe Bryant Has a Probable Torn Achilles


The Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a miracle 118-116 win against the Golden State Warriors (who had led for much of the game), keeping their Playoff hopes alive. Unfortunately, even if the Lakers reach the postseason, they may have to go on without Kobe Bryant. The team announced that the 17-year veteran suffered a “probable” torn left achilles late in the fourth quarter — an MRI will confirm his fate on Saturday: “Lakers PR team saying Kobe Bryant suffered a probable torn Achilles in tonight’s game. He’ll have a MRI tomorrow to confirm.”

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  • http://twitter.com/BEdotwater Orlando Coolridge

    He literally went until his body gave out. 2 Huge threes. Put the team on his back.

    D’antoni probably feels real sh*tty right now.

  • tealish

    It’s easy to second guess, but you got to think that playing a guy of Kobe’s age or any age for that matter, the full 48 again and again….that this was a possibility. This is a bummer. Really wanted to see what the Lakers could do in the playoffs even as much as they crapped the bed in the regular season.

  • robb

    It was heart-wrenching to watch Kobe playing through all that pain, when he walked out it was tough to see as a Lakers fan. He’s giving a press conference right now and he looks devastated. He nows his season is over, he felt a pop. All this effort for nothing man. This is a pretty sad moment.

  • Craig Marduk

    blame on mike no D playing kobe 50 minutes every night and make him run a insane run n gun system .. terrible coach … i am laughing a lot on la , but i fell sorry for kobe

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    I mght have just witnessed Kobe Bryants last game in the NBA…

  • Gaurav Pokharel

    Just a heroic performance by Kobe all around. I really hope, for the sake of the NBA, that this isn’t really the way his career ends… damn you PRINGLES for running one of the iron men in the NBA into the ground

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Kobe and Antoni have equal parts blame in this

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    This is the man whose baseline reverse I watched in passing against the Timberwolves, in 2004, drew me to the game in the first place. Introduced me to the Lakers and the NBA’s rich history. My favourite player.

    Mike D’Antoni’s inept coaching caused this, a sad night. Bryant already said that he will rehabilitate the achilles and return next season which is merely a testament to his uncompromising excellence.

    The team will need to bond more than ever before going forward, obviously…

  • KingBenjamin

    People are so stupid that think this is a career ending injury, IT’S NOT, after surgery it takes 6 to 8 weeks to walk without a boot, Kobe will be fine and play like he has been playing.

  • Hatershateme

    Im a Heat fan and I say fire Mike

  • house

    Well I ain’t a laker fan, (GO BULLS) but I am an ardent basketball fan and I hate seeing injuries cripple players. Say what you want but Kobe is a special, gutsy, ultra competitive player and I hope he heals fast. For his age, and seeing him do what he does, is special, and its a huge loss not having him on the hardwood because of injury if it is an achilles tear.

  • I PEE ON THE SIDE OF TOILET

    shut ur stupid fcking mouth… how would this be the end for kobe??
    HE PUBLICLY STATED THAT HE WILL PLAY ANOTHER YEARAT LEAST MORON

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    How does Kobe have any blame in this?

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    This is tough to swallow for any basketball fan…hear’s to hoping it’s not the last we’ve seen from one of the best players to ever play this game.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe plays nine thousand minutes in 2 weeks
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    Kobe tears Achilles

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You think Kobe was gonna let D’Antoni take him out?

  • Nigel

    If this does end up being a torn achilles, dude got up and still shot his free throws (making both)….with a TORN ACHILLES. Kobe is incredible. And this is coming from a Celtics fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    You have to know your body and how far you can push it….You can expect to play 45+ mins every night and not expect to get seriously injured. This isn’t the 60s and you are not Wilt.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    Father time has finally caught up to him. Dang.

  • Singhsation

    I believe in Karma, I hate to see my fav player go through this after everything we went through this year BUT I truly believe this is karma for attacking Smush Parker, Kwame and Chris Mihm at the start of the season for no reason whatsoever! Kicking those guys for no reason, dissing them and looking down on them so harshly while they were already down and your the biggest star in the league man that was low, its crazy how right before the playoffs he comes down with this…karma.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    And people thought the Mike Shanahan RGIII situation was bad. LA is going to run D’Antoni out of town.

  • ‘Bout It

    Exactly. Kobe’s competitiveness knows no bounds. He wants to do whatever is necessary to win. He played so many minutes because he felt he needed to play all of those minutes. He was not going to let his teammates decide the outcome of a game while he sat on the bench.

    D’Antoni is in a lose-lose situation. If he had taken Kobe out of a game and they had lost and missed the playoffs because of it, he would be getting killed on here. He didn’t, and this happened. Sucks.

  • pposse

    its the coaches responsibiility to control ego’s. you are only consistent with defending this uncle of yours till the end. That is on the coach check the minute log on Kobe for the past three games.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I didn’t say its not also on D’Antoni. But I guarantee he has tried to take him out. Probably not very hard. It’s both their faults, D’Antoni for letting Kobe stay in. And Kobe for being a robot.

  • pposse

    a strong willed coach would have taken him out after he stumbled the second time..hell i would have taken him out after the first. This is all D’Antoni’s dumbass fault. I dont even like Kobe particularly but this was a beyond stupid coaching move. He killed one of the better players since post MJ’s career possibly. Only pringles could do something so stupid.

  • Drig

    The season is done. Kobe’s out. Feel angry. Sad. Empty…………I don’t want to hate on Mike D because it was partly Kobe’s fault that he didn’t listen to his body or on the rest of the team for exerting more effort like Kobe has over the last 10 odd games……….

    Feel bad for Kobe. Dude did everything he could to will his team to the post-season. Even vs the Warriors he was the driving force of the team. And now, he can’t even play a damn second of the post-season.

    I’m interested to see how Dwight and the team respond to this. I hope the team rallies from this and makes the POs to support Kobe but it’s gonna be different in Lakerland. Perhaps even a sign of things to come after a year………

    I’m hoping the Lakers have exhausted all of their bad luck this season. That’s the only positive I can draw from this season at this point. No Spurs – Lakers series. A possibility of Dwight leaving. The possibility of Pau leaving. The possibility of Jamison leaving. The possibility of Clark leaving………..

    This season has been devastating.

  • RD

    regardless of how u feel about Kobe the person or the player… this is a sad day for NBA and basketball fans. Such a polarizing player. it was hard to watch Kobe in the post game interview… the emotion he showed, this man leaves his body, heart, and soul out on the court…

  • pposse

    no kobe’s job is to be a ‘robot’ this is dantonis fault period. This is one of if not the main reason a coach is hired. 34 yr old aging superstar should not have been expended like this period. The coach is the guy who subs players in and out, the coach has overriding authority. Place blame where blame is due. D’Antoni is a got damn idiot, i fear the worse right now and i swear i am not even a Kobe fan, but what happened tonight was straight up a bone headed coaching blunder.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    And if Kobe rested and the Lakers were outta the playoffs you’d be saying the same sh!t. Go to sleep. It’s everyone’s fault. Even yours.

  • pposse

    I was wrong when i said Phil jacksons main reason for being the Lakers coach was to instill the triangle offense. His main reason for being the coach was his greatest asset he brings to the team..and thats managing egos. Your uncle Dantoni NEVER was able to do that and he never will cause he is a horrid coach. I watched that game today, since the first stumble i said he should stop playing, he looked like he tore his acl.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ok?

  • pposse

    so if kobe rested and the lakers lost today i wouldnt have said a damn thing based on his first fall. Read between the lines.

  • Drig

    This.

    Still feels so damn frustrating.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ok

  • Ugh

    Wow, you’ve really invested way too much emotionally in the career of Kobe Bryant. Maybe get a hobby?

  • Ugh

    I doubt it. Dominique Wilkins came back from the same injury more than twenty years ago, and he averaged 28ppg the next season. Kobe is older than Nique was, but medicine is twenty years better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    not good

  • mike

    Its Dwights fault

  • i_ball

    He’ll be back strong next season I don’t doubt it. Maybe D’Antoni will learn from this and start actually managing minutes.

  • uqk

    on the other side….pau & dwight could get more attempts, released from their shackles :)

  • Michaelairjordan

    lol

  • Xena

    “Kobe and Antoni have equal parts blame in this” – True. But there is more to it than that. This injury has LESS to do with the last 7 games where kobe has played 40+ min and MORE to do with the position that the lakers put themselves in with inconsistent play throughout the season.

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    They started off 1-4. Mike Brown was scapegoated and fired after 5 games. In that span, LA loss to Dallas at home (NO Dirk), Portland, and Utah. In Nov, it seemed like the tide was turning as LA reeled off quality wins. But they had bad losses in Dec to Orlando at home, Utah at home, and Cleveland. LA also had to expend a lot of energy in Nov and Dec just to try to beat bad teams. Examples being close wins over Washington (NO Wall) and Charlotte.

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    LA continued their struggle against non playoff teams in Jan with close losses to Philly (at home), Toronto, and Phoenix. This pattern continued in Feb where LA had close wins over Detroit, Charlotte (where they trailed by as much as 18 in the 2nd half), Phoenix, Portland, and Dallas. In Mar, LA got a 1-pt win over Atlanta at home, an OT win over Toronto at home, a close win over New Orleans (where they were down by 20+), loss to Atlanta who was missing 2 of their starters (Teague and Smith), loss to Phoenix by 23, and loss to Washington at home. And by that time, these close games and losses to sub par teams were happening while LA was competing for the 8th and final spot in the West.

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    So, Kobe`s injury is due to the fact that LA has not had ENOUGH easy wins throughout the season. They have struggled against inferior teams due to poor TEAM/INDIVIDUAL defense, a lack of TEAM effort in certain parts of the game or the inability to hold on sizable leads. This had led to numerous tight games between teams like Detroit, Orlando, both games against Charlotte, and most of their games against Phoenix just to name a few. In these games where starters from ELITE teams would have been getting rest in the 4th (in most cases), the lakers starters were still playing until the final buzzard because they failed to get any separation. That`s been the LA Lakers story all season long: An average team with talent and HOF bound players.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    haha no joke

  • Max

    Why would you blame Mike D’antoni, If he said Kobe, you’re out, do you really think Kobe would go and sit on the bench?

  • shutup

    Father time is undefeated……

  • shutup

    Not really…….

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Kobe’s drive. Wrong coach. Jim Buss’ dislike for everything Phil Jackson. All to blame for the injury. He’ll come back next season and put on a show for one last time. We’ll be able to say goodbye to him the right way. Somewhere in LA, Phil Jackson probably isn’t surprised. Regardless of who he is, you can’t let Kobe play that many minutes. Phil would have been able to sit him down.

  • hobes01

    Also, please pee INSIDE the toilet

  • nike_head

    17 years in League, 34 years old. Let him see how rehab goes first.

  • nike_head

    I read elsewhere that a torn achilles does not come from fatigue. It happens due to explosive, twisting type motions. That being said, I find it hard to believe that a 34 year old, 17 year NBA veteran playing 46-48 minutes a game did not contribute.

  • iceman

    I know Pringles iis going to get killed today, but Kb24 has never in his 17year career had a season ending injury, and is the real superman of this team.
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    Pringles has seen him come back from insane injuries that others would be out for weeks for, so I’m sure this was the last thing on his mine and probably thought Kb24 is fine since he’s been so damn durable for so long.
    .

    With that said would we be even be having this discussion
    about kb’s injury, and the lakeshow, fighting just to make the playoffs and
    kobe having to play an insane amount minutes every night just to give them a
    chance if PJ was coaching?. I’m not saying, I’m just saying, p

  • Markus437

    Like Charles Barkley said on inside the nba, It’s the coaches job to just give him some rest whether he likes it or not. Even if that player is Kobe Bryant, or he’s going to get hurt

  • Caboose

    Sad day. But to everyone blaming Mike D’Antoni, shut up. If you listen to any commentary or read any stories about the Lakers, Mike let Kobe manage his own minutes, and offered to pull him out every game. Kobe denied every time. Mike did not “run Kobe into the ground,” and that’s a fact I’d expect actual “Lakers fans” to know.

  • TR

    This isn’t on Dantoni or Kobe. He’s been in the league most of his life and has never had an injury like this. I’m no Kobe fan, but I definitely respect him and his work ethic. He’ll be back on the court, but people can’t put this on him or his coach. If he wasn’t playing the minutes he was then his squad would’ve been out of the playoffs 2 weeks ago.

  • Jer dawg

    Phil had enough juice to tell Kobe Stfu and sit down. That flake quasi coach has no guts to tell him to calm down. Phil Jackson could manage boarder line NBA players to step up and help the team in certain games. Not the current coach who lets them rot. Kobe wouldn’t be averaging tons of minutes or taking wild shots. Why? Because Phil would say dump it inside. Keep reminding Kobe to “throw it inside.” It’s nothing but a 3 ball foray at the rim with this idiot coach. I blame Jim Buss and D’Antoni. Mitch Kupchak did what he was told. Mitch knows and does his best. He’s got equity. Not the track record of Jim and D’Antoni. He needs to leave. He’s gutless.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    It’s both their faults, you’re right. But I understand the desperation of the situation especially considering the Jazz won today and hold the tie-breaker. This is just the cost that came with trying to make a huge late season push for the playoffs.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Somewhere Tibbs from the Bulls is letting out a sigh of relief. Sad to see Kobe go down but those D Rose questions will get a rest now

  • Caboose

    Of course…

  • AK10

    Nights like last night are why Kobe is and always will be my favorite player. 34 years old, playing 48 minutes a night for basically two weeks just trying to will his team to the playoffs. He got hurt three separate times last night (left knee and right ankle before the Achilles tear happened) and played through it. 12 points in the fourth quarter with two injured legs. All he cares about is winning and that’s why you can’t not admire Kobe. You can see how much his teammates respect his hard work and effort more than anything.

  • Comment_System

    the dude tore his achilles, he didnt die.

  • Drig

    34 year old has an injury which requires a year of rehab to get into a groove again. Safe to say he won’t be ‘KOBE’ almost every damn night anymore.

  • Drig

    I don’t blame D’Antoni for the injury. There’s a certain degree of randomness involved to any potentially damaging injury imo. Even if your minutes are carefully taken care of.

    However, I simply didn’t understand why Mike D didn’t even bother to check up with Vitti and hear him out after Kobe hyper-extended his knee. Vitti looked damn pissed when Kobe fell awkwardly again and went straight to Mike D. He again brushed him off.

    He could’ve atleast taken Kobe off the floor for a minute or two ( I know LAL was barely hanging on ) to let Vitti check up on Kobe since Vitti looked so concerned.

    Would that have prevented the injury? Don’t think so. However, that felt like the more logical course of action IMO. Still, no use crying over this issue.

    Anyways, I’m more interested in how Dwight takes over the reigns now. Pau’s gonna be the emotional pillar for the team. I’m worried that his close association with Kobe will again hinder his play since his best pal just went out. With Kobe out for probably a large chunk of next season as well, Pau might be traded as well. Rumors are that he was close to crying in the locker room……….

    Hoping he shuts me up and gives a stellar display.

    BTW, with Kobe out and Meeks in the starting lineup, does LAL have the worst bench in the L lol?

  • Ugh

    http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/magnitude-6-3-earthquake-hi%20ts-western-japan-24-injured_841751.html

    That’s a disturbing coincidence. An earthquake strikes the city of Kobe as well……….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    For every Wilkins, there’s an Isiah Thomas, a Shaq, a Billups, an Okur, a Brand. I have no doubt he’ll come back, but as doctors have noted via Twitter, he will come by 80-90% at best, not a 100%, and the recovery is atleast 6 months – 1 year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Hey, I realize you’re trying to call me out with the last sentence, but my issue with MAD stems from this game in particular. Forget that Kobe averaged 45 mins a game (at his age) during the month of April; my annoyance with MAD is the fact that, despite Kobe hyperextending his knee, plus hurting his foot in THIS GAME, MAD did not sit him down and give him the rest he deserves.

    That’s the difference between Phil and MAD. Phil, even when Kobe insisted on it, would sit him down if he felt it was necessary. He did it each season he coached the Lakers. That’s what coaches do – they recognize player limitations when the player himself doesn’t see it due to their competitive nature. Its why MJ didn’t play 48 mins a game like he probably wanted to.

    Fair, MAD had to play Kobe because the playoff chase was on the line – but playing him 48 mins is NOT required, especially when the guy suffered two distinct lower leg injuries within the course of the same damn game. You can give your best player atleast 5 minutes of rest in a game, especially with Dwight f*cking Howard and Gasol playing well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Thanks for saying this – this was exactly the point I was trying to make. Some of MAD’s actions go beyond logical reasoning.

    Also – Pau was definitely crying/emotional based on Twitter posts by multiple Laker reports.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aabrah Andrew J. Abraham

    An Achilles just happens … it could happen when walking up a flight of stairs

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Are you kidding me? I don’t believe its career threatening, but from all accounts, the recovery time is atleast 6 months to a year, and players rarely go back to their old form, as the injury limits their jumping ability, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Lost in all this – Pau has returned to his old self…waiting on MAD to play him 48 mins/game now as well

  • Darksaber

    My sentiments exactly. Tore mine at his age, similar situation too, jabstep to drive…boom, had to be helped off court, worst pain ever. How he shot and made those the walked off the court was, and i don’t adore the man, simply incredible.

    He’ll be back. Achilles recovery is a mainstay of physio’s nowadays. Darrell Arthur was the last NBA guy to recover from this and he was dunking on people earlier this season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Just wanted to follow up on my own post here:

    Tim Grover and Gary Vitti have both said that minutes really has nothing to do with the achilles – its just something that can happen freakishly. My mistake on calling Pringles out in the case, although playing a vet 45 mins/game average for the month of April couldn’t have helped in any case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I stand corrected on the fatigue factor contributing to this injury.
    Tim Grover and Gary Vitti have both said that minutes really has nothing to do with the achilles – its just something that can happen freakishly. My mistake on calling Pringles out in the case, although playing a vet 45 mins/game average for the month of April couldn’t have helped in any case.

  • hillbilly

    In order to do that, he’ll first need to cobble together some semblance of a bench. As of right now, the Lakers are as thin as any team in the league.

  • i_ball

    Thin or not this is his job. Everybody in this league can ball. He has a 40 year old PG, a 34 year old SG, playing through God knows what the whole season and a Center coming off of a back surgery. He has to do manage them.
    Either that or D’Antoni needs the Phoenix trainers, I bet they could have made playing 45 MPG easier for Kobe.

  • Drig

    THIS. Sometimes, the injury is random. Kobe playing 48 minutes the last 10 games contributed just as much as the 53 odd thousand minutes of pro-BBall he played and the countless hours of practice he did.

  • i_ball

    The coach is the one making the substitutions. Kobe would have liked it but it doesn’t matter.

  • The Seed

    Poor Kobe, As the real LAKERS fan on here. Mike D. should have told Kobe to chill sometimes, eventhough Kobe is very strong minded. I do not accept the fact Kobe ran all over Mike he acted like a Pringles chip and folded. Phil would have told Kobe yes sometimes and no sometimes. Mike on lets Kobe do what he wants to do. Anybody who ever played basketball knows you need REST. Also if Lakers amnesty Kobe, we will kill the Lakers. BOOK IT!!!

  • Sérgio

    This was the saddest moment that I’ve ever watched since I started to follow the NBA. Even sadder than when Karl Malone got hurt in the 04 Finals and coudn’t fight for his dreamed ring.

    No one is to blame for this. D’Antoni and Kobe had no other option, specially with Nash hurt. Without Bryant, LA couldn’t create any plays.

    But he went out as a true hero. He had one of his best years – 27.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 6.0 apg – and did it all to save a cursed Lakers season. And yesterday’s game was the perfect example of that: he scored 12 pts in the 4th quarter, including two HUGE 3s that tied the game. And even with GSW scoring on the next possession and Kobe tearing his Achilles, he returned to make both of his freethrows and tie it once again. What a warrior.

  • KingBenjamin

    Kobe isn’t like other “players” he’s Kobe Bryant, he recovers fast and has an unbelievably high pain tolerance, it won’t limit Kobe’s jumping ability, he’ll jump the same and be the same player he was this season.

  • Caboose

    I think a psychologist would call that “textbook denial.”

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