Kobe Bryant Will Be Out 6-9 Months with Ruptured Achilles Injury

Apr 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Ethan GrantAnalyst IApril 13, 2013

Less than 24 hours after the tragic scene at Staples Center on Friday night, reports are coming in confirming the initial diagnosis of a ruptured Achilles tendon for Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant

The apparent recovery time is six to nine months. 

ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi reported the news on Twitter:

The Los Angeles Lakers' Twitter account confirmed and added some details of the MRI:

CBS Sports' Ken Berger also reported that Bryant is wasting no time in getting to the hospital, choosing to go under the knife on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET:

For those concerned that the workload Bryant was carrying over the last few games led to an overuse of his body (45.7 minutes per game over last seven), the team's official Twitter account posted this response by Gary Vitti:

Bryant, averaging 27.3 points and 6.0 assists in one of the most grind-it-out seasons of his professional career, was two games away of fulfilling his promise and helping L.A. make the Western Conference playoffs after a slow start to the 2012-13 NBA season. 

It all came crumbling down on Friday night, though, as he fell to the floor late in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors—immediately grabbing the bottom of his left leg (as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA). 

It was truly a harrowing experience for those in attendance and others watching at home, as the resilient Bryant had to be helped off the court by teammates and did not return to the Lakers' 118-116 win. 

The Lakers are one game ahead of the Utah Jazz for the final spot in the West with two games left in the regular season. 

While there are those who think the Black Mamba will never be the same player again, Kobe has time and again proven that his work ethic is unmatched in the NBA. Look no further than his decision to have surgery less than 24 hours after the injury to cement that he's eager to get recovery, rehab and training back on track. 

You never want to see a professional athlete go down, but if there's one player who can climb out of this decidedly horrific turn of events at age 34, it's Kobe Bryant. 

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices