Kobe Bryant achilles injury sidelines Lakers guard for 6-9 months

By on Apr 14, 2013 in Basketball, Sports Comments
Kobe Bryant achilles injury

Kobe Bryant
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Kobe Bryant suffered an achilles injury as he pushed himself too hard to lead the Los Angeles Lakers team into the 2013 NBA playoffs.

The LA Lakers won against Golden State Warriors on Friday, but it came at a greater expense. A severe rupture on Bryant‘s achilles tendon will sideline the Lakers superstar and dampen their hopes in the playoffs.

On Saturday, LA trainer Gary Vitti said that an MRI confirmed Bryant‘s injury. A statement by the Lakers team explained that,

Bryant elected to have surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon. The successful surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group. Recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six to nine months.

Experts say that achilles tear usually takes one year to completely heal.

The injury is reportedly the most serious for Bryant throughout his 16-year career in the NBA.

Bryant posted on Facebook a lengthy reaction on his injury. Likes on his post reached almost 400,000 and had over 80,000 comments. Below is his complete FB post,

This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??
I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that
was. Maybe this is how my book
ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me…Then again maybe not! It’s 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I’m wide awake. Forgive my Venting but what’s the purpose of social media if I won’t bring it to you Real No Image?? Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because After ALL the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever.
One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day.
“If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear”. Ive always loved that quote. Thats “mamba mentality” we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.
I know it’s a long post but I’m Facebook Venting LOL. Maybe now I can actually get some sleep and be excited for surgery tomorrow. First step of a new challenge.
Guess I will be Coach Vino the rest of this season. I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru.
Thank you for all your prayers and support. Much Love Always.
Mamba Out



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