Sunday, April 14th, 2013 at 12:34 pm  |  19 responses

Kobe Bryant’s Trainer Says Injury Had ‘Nothing’ to do With Heavy Minutes

Everyone seems to be looking for a specific cause of Kobe’s Achilles injury—playing too many minutes, an injury elsewhere that forced him to overcompensate, or just his old body breaking down—but his trainer believes it was a simple freak injury. Per the LA Daily News: “Bryant limped off to the court with 3:06 remaining, headed to the locker room and learned he probably has a torn Achilles tendon in his left foot that will keep him out for the rest of the season and possibly beyond. But as Bryant’s MRI results taken this morning, his personal trainer, Tim Grover, spoke with absolute certainty on one thing regarding his client’s injury. ‘It had nothing to do with the minutes he had been playing or anything of that sort,’ Grover said in a phone interview with this newspaper. ‘A torn Achilles tendon is a very freaky injury. It’s just one of those things that just happened.’ Grover conceded the possibility that Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon could stem from the bone spurs in his left foot that he has had ‘for a while.’ But Grover said it’s common for anyone to suffer the injury through every-day movements, such as climbing out of bed or stepping off a sidewalk. ‘Everybody is trying to look at somebody to blame for it whether it be the coaching staff, Kobe, me or whatever it is. But everyone who is involved with him has to take responsibility in this. But it’s more of a freakish injury than anything else.’”

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  • EJ

    It’s probably cause he refuses to rest when he gets hit with minor injuries.

  • Ugh

    “But Grover said it’s common for anyone to suffer the
    injury through every-day movements, such as climbing out of bed or
    stepping off a sidewalk.”

    Who the f$%^ tore their achilles stepping off a sidewalk? C’mon. Let’s get real.

  • 80

    Actually Tim Grover is right. A friend of mine snapped his while exiting the car, and he wasn`t into any sports or stuff, it just happened, and my cousin snapped his while he was walking around town. Now I heard a theory that vitamin C and E deficiency, caused by smoking, can weaken the connective tissue, and both of these men were smokers, but no one knows for sure.

  • danpowers

    my aunt lol

  • Lost Angeles

    The injury is due to years of over-stress and the inherited shape of his foot x length of his lower leg. No one is to blame here. Kobe cashed in on a national freak show and this relatively minor injury is the consequence. Now his time in the freak show is over. I hope he heals up completely and does something worthwhile with his life. As it stands, he is a no character cheat and (perhaps) rapist.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    I would pay good money to watch a televised debate between you and The Seed about the merits and demerits of Kobe.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Yeah, whenever you have to put the word “perhaps” in front of rapist, you probably shouldn’t even bring it up since “perhaps” means you have no idea if what you’re about to say is true or not. And that’s not something to play with. 5 championships and a top 4 all-time scorer in NBA history sounds like something that’s worthwhile.

  • Drig


  • Ugh

    Was she 400lbs?

  • Ugh

    You desperately need a life.

  • spit hot fiyah

    not a cool story bro

  • danpowers

    im european so… nope ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Jealous haters lmao

  • mike

    Grover is wrong

  • Caboose

    With Shock Exchange as the moderator

  • RedRum

    Simmons is on the warpath blaming Pringles playing Kobe heavy minutes, call him a bad coach. I say bull-bleap, what about that great coach Pops, who kept manu and parker in very low minutes, yet they are both out? Kobe’s injury just happened, anyone can snap their $hit up, just because.

  • http://twitter.com/PrinceEllington Prince of Da South

    Kobe will be back, no doubt about that. But I’d like to thank Jim Buss for your enormous ego and not hiring Phil Jackson. And Thank You Mike D’Antoni for running this older Laker Team in the ground. The Hell with both of em!!! Read more at: http://www.basketballworld24.com

  • Max


  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Well, I’ve played heavy minutes before in a very very very minor league here in the Philippines, and my Achilles aint torn yet.