The Laker fans are crying this morning after their star, Kobe Bryant, suffers a torn Achilles tendon last night. Kobe felt a "pop" and stated he thought someone kicked him during a routine cut to the basket last night. He took a time out, then returned to make his free throws on one foot. He watched the rest of the game from the locker room. He is having an MRI this morning to plan for surgical repair of his torn tendon.
Several times in the last few weeks, it has been discussed whether or not this was the last season for the 35-year-old Laker. The Lakers are holding onto the last playoff spot by the tips of their fingers and it seemed like Bryant was playing them into the playoff with sheer will and determination. What will happen to the Lakers now? They are one game up on the Jazz for the last playoff spot with two games to go.
Will Kobe come back next season? Good question. He has the will and determination, but this is a devastating injury that often takes up to a year to recover from. That would put him out most of the next season as well. At 35, this could be the end. This is the same injury that ended Dan Marino's career to name just one of many stars who's bodies betrayed them before their mind had given up the game.
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