Kobe Bryant Could be Out Six to Nine Months with Torn Achilles Tendon

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti and GM Mitch Kupchak both believe Kobe Bryant could be back for their opener in the fall.

The 34-year-old guard could be sidelined for up to nine months after tearing his Achilles tendon, the traner of the team revealed to reporters on Saturday. Photo: Jason Namdos/Flickr

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had undergone surgery earlier today on his torn Achilles tendon, ending his season with two games left in the Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff chase.

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti thinks that it will take the famous player at least six to nine months to recover from the most serious injury of his 17-year NBA career.

“Bryant elected to have surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon,” the team said. “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.”

Given Bryant’s history of recovery from numerous injuries, Vitti and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak both believe the 34-year-old guard could be back for their season opener in the fall, The New York Daily News reports.

“I think that’s a realistic goal for him, based on what he was talking about this morning,” Kupchak said at the Lakers’ training complex after visiting Bryant at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

The 34-year-old hurt his left Achilles tendon during the game with Golden State on Friday night, falling to the hardwood after pushing off his planted foot in an ordinary move toward the hoop.

And though the NBA star managed to stay in the game to hit two tying free throws with 3:08 to play, his season was over.

Bryant was very sad after the injury and took to the social networking sites to express his disappointment.

“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??”

He went on, adding: “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.”

However, later the star called the injury the first step in a new challenge, CNN writes.

“One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day,” he wrote. The post received more than 136,000 likes.”

According to an earlier tweet from the Lakers, the 34-year0old could tell what the injury was before seeing a doctor.

“I was just hoping it wasn’t what I thought it was,” Bryant said, according to the tweet.

The Lakers have to play two more games in the regular season, both at home. They meet the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday and the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

After beating the Warriors 118-116, the team is one game ahead of the Utah Jazz for the final spot in the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs.

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