A teary eyed Kobe Bryant gave possibly his last postgame interview of the season, early Saturday morning, after a 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant described the injury that forced him to leave the game as probably being a torn achilles.
There is still some hope for Lakers fans that it’s not an achilles injury, Bryant will have a MRI done Saturday to confirm the injury. But Kobe doesn’t seem too optimistic. He said he knew right away what the injury was and when asked if he could possibly play with the injury Bryant replied “I can’t walk”.
This was the third injury Bryant suffered in the game, hurting his knee and ankle earlier. But the injury to his foot was the one that knocked him out for good. It’s a shame that it had to end like this, Kobe has been playing some great ball in this final stretch run to make the playoffs. Kobe’s 34 points, before the injury, were enough help the Lakers get the win. The Lakers are currently in the 8th and final spot for the playoffs, one game ahead of the Utah Jazz.
If indeed Kobe is right and his achilles is torn, it will be interesting to see how the team bounces back from the emotional blow of losing the heart and soul of the franchise. The only good news for Lakers fans is that Kobe said he will work hard to rehab and get healthy so he can play again. He doesn’t want to go out like this.