Found April 13, 2013 on Fox Sports Ohio:
Kobe Bryant made an ordinary move to the basket, putting his head down and pushing off his back foot. Only this time, it ended with Bryant wincing and crumpling to the ground. The diagnosis: A torn Achilles tendon. The result: The Lakers playoff hopes possibly crumpling right along with their star. Bryant will have an MRI on Saturday to confirm the bad news already reported by him and his team. I cant walk, Bryant said following the Lakers 118-116 win Friday over Golden State. Theres just nothing there. Bryant looked as if he had just finished crying when speaking to reporters. He talked of what a difficult season it has been. He declared he believed the Lakers can win their final two games and nab the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Im confident, Bryant said. It would be hard to envision Bryant saying anything else. He is, after all, a champion. But a big reason Kobe is a champion is because of Kobe. Even with him, this years Lakers were inconsistent and underachieving. Without him, they may be finished. The Lakers host San Antonio and Houston to close the season. They currently hold a one-game lead over Utah for the last playoff spot. But it'll be quite an achievement if the Lakers even win one of their final two, based on how things were going with Bryant. The Jazz play at Minnesota and at Memphis. They own the tiebreaker over the Lakers -- meaning if the teams finish with identical records, the Jazz go to the postseason. The Lakers go nowhere. This isnt just a battle between the Lakers and Jazz, either. If the Lakers make the playoffs, the Cavs will get the Lakers' draft pick. If not, the Cavs get Miamis. Thats a difference of about 15 picks, as the Heat have already clinched the NBA's best record. So they'll be drafting 30th. If the Lakers miss the playoffs, however, their pick goes to Phoenix. That means the Suns not only get their own lottery pick, but the one belonging to LA. Of course, the Lakers arent concerned about any of that. Clearly, they have more pressing issues. They dont know when or if the 34-year old Bryant will play again. There has even been some talk they may want to use the amnesty clause to waive Bryant, as cruel as that may seem, to clear space under the salary cap. One sensible reason is that Dwight Howard, the Lakers future, becomes a free agent at seasons end. Still, despite the talk, its hard to envision the Lakers parting ways with Bryant over the summer -- or ever. He just means too much to the franchise and the city. Either way, the Lakers' focus is on finding a way to close the year on a high note, get into the playoffs, and see where things go from there. But like Bryants Achilles tendon, the prognosis looks pretty awful. Twitter: @SamAmicoFSO

Video: Kobe Bryant goes off for 47 in Portland.

The Los Angeles Lakers are fighting for their post-season lives. To take a one-game lead for the 8th and final seed in the Western Conference bracket, the Lakers had to get past the Portland Trailblazers. Watch Bryant dominate to get it done. The Lakers won 113-106. Please click here to watch this video. Video: Kobe Bryant goes off for 47 in Portland. appeared first on Players View.

Kobe's trainer talks about injury

Kobe Bryant's trainer Tim Grover spoke about Kobe's torn achilles tendon and whether or not it was the result of playing so many minutes.

Kobe Bryant Suffers Probable Torn Achilles With MRI Scheduled Saturday to Confirm

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant pushed his fraying body and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates relentlessly through the second half of a vital game until he felt a searing pain in his left heel. Bryant’s Achilles’ tendon apparently is torn. His season likely is over. And though the Lakers held on to beat Golden State, Bryant thinks they’ll have to continue their playoff chase without...

Laid-up Bryant ready to coach via telephone

The last time he was injured this season, Kobe Bryant sat on the Lakers bench and drew plays on a clipboard for his teammates. This time, Lakers coach Mike DAntoni insists he doesnt need any help. A few hours before the Lakers played the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center in their first game since Bryant suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon, the Lakers guard posted this tweet...

Kobe Bryant joins Instagram

Yes, I’m giving you another Kobe Bryant update. Don’t act like you don’t need this in your life! Kobe Bryant has finally launched his Instagram page. What were his first photos of? His surgery of course. Less than 24 hours after the Black Mamba tore his Achilles Tendon, Kobe had surgery Saturday afternoon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. The recovery time is said to be...

Kobe Bryant done for season, posts rant on Facebook about injury

As if the Los Angeles Lakers season couldn’t get any worse…Kobe Bryant will be out 6-9 months with an Achilles injury. He suffered the injury on Friday night in a game against Golden State. The Lakers season simply hasn’t gone the way it was expected. Injuries have played a major role with them not being [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links...

Kobe Bryant vents over Achilles injury via Facebook

Tweet   The Los Angeles Lakers are a game up on the Utah Jazz for the eighth, and final, playoff spot in the NBA’s Western Conference thanks to a 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors Friday night. While the win keeps the Lakers in a postseason spot for another another day it’s one that [...]

Report: Kobe Bryant's Achilles Rupture Confirmed; Sidelined for 6-9 Months

Lakers' Kobe Bryant underwent an MRI on his leg today to determine if he had ruptured his Achilles tendon following a leg injury Friday night against the Golden State Warriors. Arash Markazi of ESPN LA confirmed via Twitter that Bryant has indeed ruptured his Achilles tendon which will end his season and will take 6-9 months for recovery. Lakers trainer Gary Vitti confirms its...

Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant has an apparent achilles tear ending his season.

I've been there, there is no quick recovery.

Playing Through. Or Not.

With the focus on projecting the impact of 35 year-old Kobe Bryant’s ruptured left Achilles on the Lakers’ playoff prospects and his future in the sport, there hasn’t been much said about the implications of Bryant having played hurt. It is as though one injury had no bearing on the other. That is not likely the case. Kobe sustained what was reportedly a “severe” left ankle...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.