Droves of sports fans took to Twitter Saturday after finding out that famed Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant injured himself during his team's 118-116 win over the Golden State Warriors Friday night.
Because of Bryant's torn left Achilles tendon, the star guard will be out not only for the rest of the regular season but also for the NBA Playoffs (assuming the Lakers are able to qualify without their longtime court leader), as ESPN reported.
"Just terrible," Bryant reportedly said of the injury and its meaning for the Lakers' chances this year, holding back tears. "It's a terrible feeling, man."
The athlete had an MRI test Saturday, and he tweeted he is getting ready to undergo surgery:
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 13, 2013
Bryant fell to the floor with 3:08 remaining in the fourth quarter while being guarded by the Warriors' Harrison Barnes. Bryant had played every second of the game to that point, scoring 32 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, which tied the game with 3:45 remaining. (He sank two free throws following the injury, finishing with 34 points.)
About the injury, ESPN quoted Bryant as saying, "I made a move that I make a million times, and it just popped."
Bryant said he asked Barnes whether he had kicked him in the leg, but when Barnes said he hadn’t, Bryant knew it was a major injury.
"I was just hoping it wasn't what I knew it was," Bryant said. "Just trying to walk it off, hoping that the sensation would come back, but no such luck."
Twitter users flooded the microblogging site with condolences for the wounded player with the hashtag: #prayforkobe.
One of the most optimistic -- and popular -- tweets read:
I would say #PrayForKobe, but he doesn't want your tears. He's already planning his next move. He'll be back out there soon. Book it.
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) April 13, 2013
Even though Bryant referred to his injury as the biggest "disappointment" of his career, he’s not going to let it keep him down.
"It's fueling me, it's fueling me," Bryant reportedly said. "I can feel it already. It's just players at this stage of their career, they pop Achilles and the pundits say they never come back the same. So I can hear it already, and it's p---ing me off right now thinking about it."
Check out the ESPN video on YouTube where Bryant discusses his injury below: