Could this be the end of Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers career?
Perhaps that prediction is a bit premature. But if all reports remain accurate, Bryant could be out for a long time with a torn achilles. Even Bryant, who will play through most injuries, can’t play through a torn Achilles. No one can, at least effectively. It’s an injury that will likely take a year to recover from, and in a year, Bryant’s contract with the Lakers will be approaching an end.
He told USA Today Sports:
“I can’t walk,” Bryant said when asked if he thought he might return this season.
Mike D’Antoni spoke on the subject as well:
“I hate it for Kobe. I hate it for us. I hate it for L.A.”
Plain and simple. There’s a serious amount of frustration regarding Kobe’s injury, and really, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for a Lakers team that’s battling for the No.8 seed in the Western Conference. The Utah Jazz won on Friday, so their lead remains a half game, but without Bryant, that lead could evaporate rather quickly.
End of his Lakers career?
“It’s fueling me. It’s fueling me already. I can feel it.” Doesn’t sound to me like @kobebryant sees this as a career-ending injury
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 13, 2013
Again, it’s too soon to jump to any conclusions. For the Lakers, Dwight Howard will have to play Superman and Steve Nash will have to turn back the clock to his MVP days if the Lakers stand a chance at making the playoffs.
In case you missed it, here’s the play:
Bryant injured his knee earlier in the game. But that wouldn’t take him out, as he walked off the limp in his step. The play above would, though. Bryant immediately went to the locker room, not even bothering to sit on the bench.