It’s now official and it’s what was feared: Kobe Bryant has a torn left Achilles, according to LA Lakers.
The injury came in the 4th quarter of Friday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors in which the Lakers won 118 – 116. An MRI confirmed on Saturday what had been speculated as soon as the injury occurred.
“It’s a third-degree tear. It’s gone. Completely torn,” said team trainer Gary Vitti.
Saturday at 1pm Pacific Bryant, 34, underwent surgery in Los Angeles to repair the tear. Recovery time is between six and nine months, according to team officials.
Trainer Gary Vitti said the plan is for Kobe Bryant to return for the 2013-14 season.
Of course with an injury like this, speculation immediately rose that Bryant’s stretch of heavy minutes might have contributed to the injury. But Vitti says that, in his opinion, the two haver nothing to do with each other.
“Everyone wants to know why. There’s not always a reason why. If you look at our season, it’s been a nightmare,” he said. “Some of it’s just bad luck. The stuff out there about Kobe … to say he was injured because he played 48 minutes is a stretch.”
Training camps for next season will begin in early October, which is about six months away. If Kobe can recover on the early end of his timetable, he could conceivably be ready to begin the 2013-14 season, which would be the 18th of his career.