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Phil Jackson weighs in on Kobe Bryant’s injury

Apr 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

When Kobe Bryant went down with what in all likelihood is a torn Achilles injury with three minutes to play in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Friday, it wasn’t his first injury of the night.

As seen in the video clip above, Bryant suffered minor injuries to his knee and his foot over the course of the game, and the overcompensation for them more than anything else may have contributed to the very serious injury that ended his season.

Phil Jackson weighed in on Bryant’s injury via Twitter, and mentioned this while briefly wondering what might have been if Bryant had shut it down for the night after the first two “mishaps.”

Second guessing is pointless here, because we all know Bryant was going to play as long as he could walk. He said afterward in his postgame press conference that he couldn’t, and that’s the only reason he came out of that game.

Much has been made of Mike D’Antoni’s lack of control over Bryant’s minutes being one of the reasons for the injury, but the awkward way he was injured twice before on this night likely had far more to do with it — especially with an injury like a torn Achilles that can happen with essentially no warning at all.

  1. christos99 - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    8 consecutive stories regarding Kobe Bryant within a 13 hour span on PBT. Record?

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Then I would suggest not clicking on and commenting on the story. One of the great parts of the Internet is you don’t have to read something if you don’t want to.

      • illegalblues - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        just some round about constructive criticism, kurt. that’s a cop out.

      • bucrightoff - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Surprised with all the Kobe articles not one about amnestying him. $80 million is a lot of money for the Lakers to save doing it.

      • jeffw - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        That’s kind of a bitchy reply… Your time of the month?

      • dannymac17 - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        But Kurt, we understand its the flavor of the night, just make one big post. There are other teams in this league.

      • ambitoos - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        Perfect reply Kurt.

      • christos99 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:04 AM


        With all due respect, I was not commenting on the fact of choosing on reading stories, it was merely an observation of how many consecutive stories were written in a short time span. Kobe Bryant is a guaranteed HOFer, and I didn’t intend on discrediting the magnitude of his injury, but since you threw a nice dig, why offer comments if we can’t speak our mind?

        I also feel privileged that you, a PBT writer acknowledge my post. Thanks!

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      It’s only the biggest story of the season. It beats the 5 articles a day about the Heat.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        You really despise that Heat team. You might be related to Larry Johnson, who got into that serious fight with Alonzo Mourning a long time ago. Or maybe Jeff Van Gundy!

      • andrewproughcfe - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        Wait until King James tries (and fails miserably) to take his post game up against Tyson Chandler in a best of seven series. The Heat losing the Eastern Conference finals in six games to the Knicks – THAT will be a big story.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      “Reality not maybe is zen.” In other words: don’t let the door hit you in the head on the way out. Beat it!

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        Not you, cantonbound13. This comment directed at the guy who complained about the plethora of blogs about the Lakers/Kobe.

    • daddyghi - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      I hate Kobe and the lakers as much as you do, christos99… but kurt is right! and besides this may be a bad news to KobeLakers fans, but this is good news to Kobe/Lakers hatters! and its worth reading wether you like the guy or not..

    • mytthor - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      The best player between Jordan and LeBron and the face of the league’s biggest franchise is injured in a way that all the criticism that’s been heaped upon his minutes workload might be more accurate than we know, and there’s a chance his career may be over. Yeah, can’t imagine why it’s a big deal.

  2. lafan101 - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Kurt Helin is another member of the soft and is based here. What do you expect? Kobe has had a brilliant career, but time to hang it up.

  3. badintent - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Gotta be the shoes I’ve been saying all season that I’ve never seen so many foot and ankle injuries. New record for this crap. In the old days, shoes would slip, so the player would fall on his butt but no injury except to pride. These new shoes have glue like soles and when they stick on a jump cut, the ankle (or knee) goes the other and tears. Ask Rose about that. And the new shoes have poor thin padding for the platar , way too many injuries on that this year too.Todays players are bigger, heavier, and faster. The shoes have more stresson them but have less padding . Can we say class action lawsuit ?

  4. lakerade - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    If you are a fan of basketball, let alone the NBA, then it’s clear why there is so much attention on this story. The entire community of hoops has been altered, whether you think Kobe’s dominated his last game or not. You can feel however you want about him, but his effect on the game is undeniable, and that’s an understatement.

    • acdc363 - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Beautifully said! Agreed 100%.

  5. clevelandschronic2 - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Hey heres an idea Get off kobes nuts. Lakers are barely an 8th seed and yet you cant find any other nba team or players to write about. When did pbt become espn jr

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      My WAG (wild ass guess) is around the time the Cavs became irrelevant. You know, along with your “ideas.”

  6. trbowman - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Yeah, they’ll still make the playoffs. And then get swept by the Spurs or OKC.

  7. trbowman - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Speaking of OKC – stop winning and go back to the two seed, dammit. Don’t deprive the whole basketball world of Harden vs Thunder in the first round.

  8. trbowman - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Excuse the triple post, but here’s where I’d actually like Stern to have his refs step in and screw OKC over to send ’em back to the two seed.

  9. contra1987nes - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    father time catchin’ up with kobe. jordan tried to outplay the old man but he fizzled out too. when you love something so much and it disappears, you will have withdrawals. jordan can’t let go of basketball so he ends up being a loser manager. this man sucks as an executive but he can’t learn to let go of things in life. nothing is forever. not even winning.

  10. rgledz - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Hey Kurt, one of the “great parts of the internet” (great parts of the internet???) is that we as readers can click on whatever we want and voice our opinion. Laker overkill is nothing new to PBT, but maybe non Laker fans would like to check in to PBT and read something non-Lakers. Stop being so damn defensive and calm down. You know what one of the bad parts of the internet is……that untalented hacks like you have a job “writing” posts.

  11. hoodheisman - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Any thought of doing an amnesty with Kobe is silly without understanding the full extent of the tear and whether or not a return by next season’s all-star break is a possibility.

    We learned a difficult lesson about what happens when you don’t listen to your body and over-exert yourself. Like Phil said, maybe we’ll recognize the signs… but would that be enough to risk sacrificing a win?

    The symbolism in Phil’s tweet is interesting. A lot of scrutiny will be placed on the coach’s inability to put his star player on the bench. There will likely be more scrutiny as to how much of this can be traced back to the owner’s son who brought in a coach who was not only a terrible fit, but a coaching hire that will now adversely impact next season and possibly beyond.

    Hard to see D’Antoni coming back. There’s the risk of a power play by Dwight potentially refusing to come back unless a better coach is brought in. There will also be pressure from Kobe to bring in a proven coach since his window has dramatically shrunk.

  12. rgledz - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    This is my follow up to the fact that the PBT “comment Nazi’s” won’t post anything that makes some legitimate negative points about the writing on this site. I made a fair, well written point and it’s eliminated. Thanks “comment Nazi’s”…..and have some thicker skin.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      This ain’t English 101. You can beat it, too.

  13. Rich Peters - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Reblogged this on Tricky_Roma.

  14. 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Phil? At home. Shut up. Lakers? Playoffs. Done in 5. 2014…ugly. This is the sound of one hand clapping…

    • omniusprime - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      It’s also the sound of one brain cell farting! You Know Nothing Jon Snow!

  15. trickybastard - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Wow 8 Kobe/Lakers posts in a row. Cover the other teams PBT. Quit pandering to the stories that are easy to write.

    • omniusprime - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Why? The other teams are worthless losers who aren’t interesting. Quit being such a crybaby just because you root for a boring team that no one cares about!

      • trickybastard - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Typical fake LA fan response. Always needing to be the center of attention. Go get some more plastic surgery. I’m glad Kobe tore his Achilles and Dwight has the mental capacity of an 8 year old.

        It’s Miami’s year again. Get your tissues ready.

  16. omniusprime - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    This injury could well be blamed on Jerky Boy Jimmie for not being smart or patient enough to hire Phil Jackson back as coach. Phil could have made Kobe sit after those first two injuries he suffered to his legs, Cowardly Dumbtoni was too chicken to even try. A lot of people wanted Kobe to sit after that second incident but Dumbtoni was just too clueless and couldn’t care less about Kobe’s health, all Dumbtoni was worried about was Kobe saving him his coaching job.

    As soon as the season ends Dumbtoni must be fired. What the Lakers need is a smarter coach, one who can coach the traditional Laker big man basketball system. Plus we need more youth and that means throwing out the Trash Nash and Steve Flake to get a Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving.

    I wish Kobe a speedy and complete recovery, I know Kobe will be dedicated to coming back and playing at his high level of proficiency, that’s just how dedicated to the Lakers and winning Kobe is. There isn’t another player I’d want on the Lakers more than Kobe Bryant, certainly not Queen James or Sissy Rose.

    Get Well Soonest Kobe!!! Thanks Kobe!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash & Stupor Flake!!!

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