Skip to content

Kobe Bryant says he tried to ‘pull the tendon up’ to keep playing following Achilles injury

Sep 15, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers Getty Images

When Kobe Bryant suffered the torn Achilles injury that ended his season, it happened near the end of a game in which the Lakers were trailing by two with just over three minutes remaining, while needing every win at that point just to have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs.

Bryant heroically managed to limp to the free throw line and sink two foul shots following the injury — shots which he personally ranks among the best of his career.

But he tried to make it so he would be able to play even beyond that.

Speaking at Nike headquarters in Oregon on Friday, Bryant explained what was going through his mind moments after the injury took place.

“When I first did it, right there, I was trying to feel if the tendon is there or if it’s gone,” Bryant said. “I realized it wasn’t there. I was literally trying to pull the tendon up, so hopefully I could walk and kind of hobble through the last two and a half minutes and try to play.”

Obviously, that sounds insane. But it’s just another example of the incredible mental and physical toughness that Bryant has shown throughout his 17 NBA seasons.

Latest Posts
  1. Players union, after Jason Kidd’s negotiations, looking into agents representing coaches and players

    Nov 20, 2014, 1:21 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn Nets Getty Images

    Current National Basketball Players Association rule forbids agents from representing players and coaches

  2. Doc Rivers: Magic’s Nikola Vucevic ‘is an all-star’

    Nov 20, 2014, 11:20 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Orlando Magic Los Angeles Clippers v Orlando Magic

    Clippers coach: ‘He’s probably the best player in the league that nobody knows’

  3. Shabazz Muhammad skies to slam one-handed alley-oop

    Nov 20, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

    Shabazz Muhammad Shabazz Muhammad

    Corey Brewer throws pass just low enough to avoid a turnover, high enough to make Muhammad look good

  4. Look at James Harden’s shirt

    Nov 20, 2014, 12:11 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Houston Rockets Getty Images

    Seriously, just look at that thing

  5. Nets fans heartily boo Jason Kidd (video)

    Nov 19, 2014, 11:28 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn Nets Getty Images

    Kidd gets last laugh in return to Brooklyn

  6. Brandon Knight misses breakaway, buzzer-beating, game-winning layup (video)

    Nov 19, 2014, 10:13 PM EST

    BKN-BUCKS-NETS BKN-BUCKS-NETS

    Bucks guard makes great defensive play, follows it with cringeworthy offensive play

Featured video

Can Rockets, Grizzlies keep up hot starts?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (8208)
  2. D. Wade (6805)
  3. K. Durant (6633)
  4. N. Young (5779)
  5. R. Westbrook (5705)
  1. T. Jones (5704)
  2. I. Shumpert (5454)
  3. B. Beal (5319)
  4. K. Bryant (5175)
  5. J. Calderon (4789)