Kobe Bryant’s Achilles heal is his actual Achilles heal. The LA Lakers star suffered another injury which may end his career. Just minutes left in the fourth quarter, Bryant was fouled by Warriors’ Harrison Barnes. Instantly, Kobe Bryant grabbed his knee and everyone at the Staples Center knew that the injury was serious. Later he said he heard something pop. The MRI scan confirmed his fears. He tore his Achilles’ tendon and he is required surgery that will sideline him for up to 9 months. For the 34-year-old Bryant, this injury may be a crucial factor in determining the rest of his career.
Bryant was very emotional in the interviews after the game. He was devastated by the injury that left him helpless just when the Lakers needed his 27.3 points per game to get into the playoffs. “I can’t walk.”, he said. “I’m not sure how to deal with something like this”. But Manhattan Orthopedic Care’s physician Dr. Armin Tehrany is optimistic that Kobe can recover to play next season.
“Sad to see and hear this. He had received PRP in Germany for his left ankle, probably for Achilles tendinitis. The surgeons that operated on his Achilles are excellent. He should recover well and be able to play next season (if he chooses to).”
Kobe will have to manage a couple of phases in his recovery in the next months. From the swelling of the wound after surgery, to protecting the repaired tendon and restoring normal movement. Training will be the final phase for which Bryant will be well prepared for.
“If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear.” I’ve always loved that quote. That’s “mamba mentality” – we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.”, he wrote on his Facebook wall.
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