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Kobe Bryant meets the media after suffering torn Achilles injury (VIDEO)

Apr 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

We don’t think of Kobe Bryant as being vulnerable to season-ending injuries, considering his will to win and the amount of minutes he’s demanded to play down the stretch of the regular season. But after suffering a likely torn Achilles on Friday against the Warriors, he’s likely done for whatever remains of this Lakers season.

Bryant spoke with the media in the Lakers’ locker room afterward, and was clearly emotional while discussing both the injury and his future.

It’s worth watching the video clip above in its entirety, in order to get a sense of just how much the injury will affect Bryant personally as he discusses the recovery process that will get him ready for the final stages of his NBA career, which likely won’t be able to take place until the middle of next season.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    If Kobe’s legs were solid, he’d have a shoot at recovering enough that he’d be able to play at the end of next year. But considering his bad knees and calf muscles, a rapid recovery is out of the question. The only remaining questions are can Kobe recover at all (good enough that his level of play would be acceptable to him) and will he want to. Both are doubtful, IMO. He won’t know what kind of team he’d be coming back to in 2015, and he’ll have to make that commitment now. Kobe had already hinted that next year might be his last. No one want to go out like this, with an injury. This may be a bridge to far for Kobe. Mad props, none the less.

    • spthegr8 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      I’m NOT a fan of D’antoni. I NEVER have been and probably never will be. Cuz his style of play doesn’t win, just look @ his track record. You can blame him for ALOT of problems that we have. But this was NOT his fault. If he didn’t play Kobe we would All Be ripping him a new one. He played him ALOT of mins but had no choice. His job is on the line as well as our season. It just SUCKS that this happened. No one is @ fault. Its unfortunate for EVERY fan of basketball not just Laker fans. Cuz if you really love basketball, weather you like Kobe or not. GREATNESS is something that EVERYBODY can appreciate!! & for all of the pundits & “TROLLS” that are already writing Kobe off saying he is done. That didn’t sound like somebody who is retiring. Writing him off is gonna FUEL the comeback & the last person you wanna tell you CAN’T do something is Kobe!!!

    • progress2011 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      D12 had back surgery and was told to “SUCK IT UP AND PLAY THRU THE PAIN”.

      Can jabber-jaws take his own advice. Compared to back surgery, this is like breaking a fingernail.

      Playing 48 minutes a night….what did he think would happen.

      Father time visits EVERYBODY !!!

  2. fiyeaglesfiy - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Easily avoidable situation…he sprained his knee in the third quarter, and was noticeably in pain. For better or worse, Kobe wants to win at all costs and won’t come out of the game if he’s breathing. This was Mike D’Antoni’s place to take him out of the game (Laker’s trainer Gary Vitti was up and petitioning D’Antoni to do so). Mike ignored it, Kobe gave it his all to get this win, and likely tried to keep the pressure off that knee, and torn archilles. Freak accident, yes. But Kobe should’ve been taken out of the game far sooner…could’ve been avoided. Lets hope he can return to the level he was at next season.

  3. melissashusband - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Get back to the level he was at next season huh? Odds are long that plays next year at all and likely would not be fully recovered if he did. He is not a young man by nba standards

  4. hojo20 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    My condolences to the Laker family on the loss of Kobe. May his career rest in peace.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but I have this nagging suspicion you are entirely insincere.

  5. 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    No one in Boston weeping for you, LA.

    • dangernearing - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      What an @$$ you are

      • 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Why thank you! You sound like my wife. And I know she loves me deeply. Kobe on!

    • omniusprime - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      That’s because there’s only garbage people in Bean Town.

      • 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Don’t you mean people who take out the garbage? Like to the heap in SoCal?

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Yes, I’m sure there’s plenty to cry about already in Boston. It’s easy to understand why you have no tears to spare.

    • spthegr8 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Wouldn’t expect you too be NOR do we care that you aren’t. Cuz if Boston was on FIRE, I wouldn’t……………… You know the rest. Why don’t you go CHOKE on some Chowda!!!

      • 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Great idea! Lunch at a nice little bistro in downtown Boston. Celebrate some recently received good news. Thanks.

      • spthegr8 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        They actually have nice places too eat in Boston??? Cuz all I’ve ever seen is a bunch of Hole in the wall pubs, full of drunkin REDNECKS, with bad accents and SH**TY food.

      • 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Son, you must have had too much tequila, woke up in South LA and hallucinated you were in Boston. Did any of those accents sound like this, “Hey gringo! Wake up…”? You poor, delusional wreck of a human. We all silently weep for you. Get some help. You’ve got some free time at night. Not many more Laker games to watch.

  6. ashaylokhande - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    This is a sad day for basketball. Even the die hard Bostan fans are feeling sympathy for you. Get well soon and meet Boston in the playoffs next year. When both teams are healthy.

    • 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      You are a good and empathetic fan. I wish I could be like you. Sadly after over 36 years of Laker hating, its just not possible. Go Celtics!

  7. dangernearing - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Not a Laker fan but I dont want the Mamba to go out like this. Here’s to hoping he is back next year…. in a bulls uniform, though.

  8. bucrightoff - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Years of not focusing on depth crushed the Lakers. Kobe had to play 60 out of 48 minutes a night to get them in because if they played the bench they get annihilated. Unfortunate for him, but this one’s on the Lakers and Antoni.

    • spthegr8 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      No it was a bunch of obese women and UGLY bearded rednecks. With those GOD AWFUL up north accents. Boston is a AWFUL place with even worse ppl living there. Comparing it too La is a JOKE!! I have NEVER heard of anybody taking a vacation there or going unless forced!! Lets face the facts you DOLT. It’s not exactly a tourist attraction.

      • 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Don’t be silly, son. Boston is the cradle of liberty. Historic and lovely. The Charles River. Storrow Drive. The institutions of higher learning such as Harvard, MIT and Boston College. The museums. The art. The Freedom Trail. Whale watching. The cultural diversity that is the commons. Fenway Pahk.

        California was a wasteland when this country was founded. You poor, deluded and jealous child. Your own feelings of inadequacy have caused you to lash out at one of the most revered and historic cities in our great country. Again, get that help. Get that therapy. You’ve got time. We’re all rooting for your recovery. As a public service, I’ve included this link for you.

      • spthegr8 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        “Historic & lovely”?? More like OLD and SH**TY!!! Tomato-tamoto I guess. Maybe it USE too be nice but I’ve been there & it’s DUMP!! I did do a little whale watching tho and it was the OBESE women that I spoke of earlier!! “Cultural diversity”??? LMAO!!! Where did you hear that @ one of the Local KLAN rally’s??? Boston is one of the most RACIST city’s in the world. You live in Boston and are probably the offspring off a cpl of relatives hooking up after a night @ the local hole in the wall pub!! Cultural diversity still LLS!! What a F’N IDIOT you are!!!

      • 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Oh dear. All of this angst and anger. Probably the result of spending your 20’s in your mom’s basement and having your deep man love and affection for Jack Nicholson unrequited.

        Dolt? F’N idiot? Such horrible name calling in a public forum. Shameful. Clearly, your undeveloped mind and psyche are not equipped to deal with disappointment and you need to resort to ridiculous attacks on people you don’t even know. Doubtless you and your Laker friends revel in this sort of absurd behavior.

        On the bright side, based on your stress levels your life is half over. I know your basketball season is.

      • carlsbadboltfan - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:28 AM

        Don’t worry. We’ll save a spot on the couch for you once your “team” is swept by the Knicks in the first round. Then we’ll give you the couch to sleep on when Garnett & Pierce are gone next year and Rondo fails to lead Bahston to a playoff spot. Ever notice why Ray Allen is smiling? He picked the right time to leave hasbeantown.

  9. golfrangeman - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    I agree, the coach should have taken him out. He has been playing too much at his age. Besides they do better with him off the court.

  10. rodge1 - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    D’Antoni was in a no-win situation. He takes Kobe out, Lakers lose and D’Antoni gets blamed. He leaves Kobe in, they win, lose Kobe and D’Antoni gets blamed… If some of the stars on the Lakers would have trimmed their respective salaries a bit for the TEAM, they would have had extra money for better bench players and not need Kobe to play so much.

    • fiyeaglesfiy - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      that’s just not how NBA contracts work…

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        I could be wrong on this, but I vaguely remember that very situation going down somewhere in the south of Florida. Details escape me at the moment.

    • tommyshih - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:47 AM

      So…if they didn’t have to pay Kobe so much, then they wouldn’t have had to play Kobe so much.

  11. omniusprime - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    This is all Dumbtoni’s fault for not forcing Kobe to come out after being injured twice in the second half before the big Achilles Pop heard around the world. I winced after both of Kobe’s prior injuries, especially his left knee where he laid on the floor in agony for a few minutes. Vitti wanted Kobe to come out but Dumbtoni was just too stupid and wimpy to bring Kobe out for a brief rest and some hydration.

    What a sport Kobe was to go out and talk with the reporters afterwards, total class. Nice that he could make a joke at the end after pouring his heart out about being so seriously disappointed with his serious injury. When it comes to Kobe, despite his age, you can throw the book out as far as what to expect for his recovery time. Kobe will come back from this popped Achilles faster than any other athlete ever.

    Kobe deserves the MVP for this season for how much heart he put into this season and how he played through so many injuries when lesser players like that Sissy Derrick Rose would never have put themselves through such torture. I say fire Dumbtoni now and let Kobe be the coach for the last two games and possibly the playoffs.

    The Lakers need to trade away Trash Nash and Steve Flake, the two most incompetent point guards in the NBA, and bring in someone like Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving. Kobe needs help from a great young point guard so he doesn’t have to defend a Stephen Curry at the end of a game because Nash is injured and Flake is totally incompetent.

    Get Well Soonest Kobe!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash and Steve Flake!!!

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      If you think even Phil Jackson could have got Kobe to sit the last few games, you don’t really follow Kobe that closely.

  12. omniusprime - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Is it my imagination or has this PBT site become more intelligent the last two days? Could it be that Pauline Haggis 0.53 has been forced to leave the building permanently? If so thank you very much!

  13. BigBeachBall - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Hows your charlotte bobcats doing? I hear they’re having an impressive season.

  14. sdemp - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Funny how when bad things happen to other people, the bad come out.

    • 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      The Lakers are a polarizing bunch. Just as LA is a polarizing city. If this is what the Lake Show thinks it is, they are not just old and battered. They are finished! That’s gonna make some people happy.

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        Half the population in L.A. (hell, in all of California) came from somewhere else. If it’s “polarizing” it’s because of all the losers who couldn’t make it where they were born and ran away to L.A. thinking it would be different. Come to think of it, folks like you…

      • 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        Like me? I have never run to Cali. In fact, when the great quake comes and pulls your state and it’s repulsive in debt masses into the Pacific we’ll all be better off. Do you know how tired I am waiting for sporting events to happen because we have to wait for the West coast?

        East coast bias? Yes. Because for the longest time, and arguably now, it is the only coast that matters. Cali is a loser state that exists because everything that came before it. Maybe Mexico will take you back…err…after we assimilate them.

  15. j0esixpack - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    This is welcome news to bozosforall/lakerluvr – as it provides an excuse as to why the Lakers will be bounced early in the playoffs if they even make it.

  16. mungman69 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    He has old legs already and this injury will take a long time to recover. Who knows what Kobe will be like or what the Lakers will like when he returns.

  17. miamatt - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I’d be the first to admit I’ve enjoyed watching the Lakers crash and burn this season. But man, I hate to see this.

    Kobe is an all-time great, and the NBA will be diminished the day he retires. I hope we get to watch him for at least one more season.

    Heat fan saying this…

  18. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Gary Vitti was begging D’umbtoni to take him out after the second injury. He refused. That injury was likely due to overcompensation on the other foot. There is weakness in the leg/foot after you’ve banged it badly twice. Makes you highly susceptible to injury (plus the fatigue, which IS partly D’Antoni’s fault). Phil would have yanked him. Just saying.

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      Go on back to your half-wit PFT buds where your schadenfreude can be appreciated (feel free to copy and paste that word into your search engine so you have a slight chance of figuring out what it means).

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