Say it ain’t so!
Kobe Bryant, aka The Black Mamba, aka 5-Time Champ, aka Kobe Bean, aka Kobe !!!
Oh boy. This one’s a doozy.
Apparently everyone’s favorite #24 has a “probable torn Achilles,” according to the Lakers official Twitter account.
Lakers PR team saying Kobe Bryant suffered a probable torn Achilles in tonight’s game. He’ll have a MRI tomorrow to confirm.
Kobe sustained the season-ending (possibly career-ending?) injury with 3:06 remaining in Friday night’s home game against the Golden State Warriors, as he was heroically bringing the Lakers back from yet another fourth-quarter deficit.
He was being pressed by Harrison Barnes at the top of the 3-point arc and tried to spin around the rookie, but immediately feel to the ground thriving in pain, grabbing his left ankle.
“I made a move I’ve made a million times and (the Achilles) just popped,” he said.
Kobe then called timeout and limped over to the Los Angeles bench.
Seconds later, he limped back into the game to sink a pair of free-throws after the officials called Barnes for a foul when he fell.
Kobe said he knew the Achilles was done when he limped back on the court to shoot the free throws. He made both.
The Lakers, inspired by Kobe’s gladiator-like performance, fought to the end and won the game 118-116.
He will undergo an MRI on Saturday morning to confirm the injury, according to the Lakers.
Kobe had 34 points, five rebounds and four assists before limping off the court.
He played every minute of the game up to that point.