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Kobe Bryant suffered a season-ending injury to his achilles tendon while battling the Golden State Warriors. Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will be out for six to nine months after rupturing his Achilles tendon, a Lakers Twitter message said citing team trainer Gary Vitti. Bryant himself, spoke out to reporters saying ‘the frustration is unbearable.’
The injury demanded an MRI and subsequently is undergoing surgery Saturday April 13, 2013.
A ruptured Achilles could take up to a year to heal, according to Will Carroll, sports injuries lead writer for Bleacher Report. Bryant has previously said that next season could be his last in the NBA. This is the 16th season in the league for the 34-year-old.
Bryant, who averages 27.3 points per game, reacted with disappointment on social media after the injury. On his Facebook page he posted a lengthy update:
“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??”
In his 17th NBA season, Bryant had been willing the Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff push, accumulating monster minutes and refusing to come out of games at the age of 34. The NBA holds its collective breath as the fourth leading scorer comes out tendon surgery today, thinking of his own tenure and legacy.