Kobe Bryant ruptured his Achilles tendon last night, ruling him out for six to nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said.
“It’s gone,” Lakers trainer Gary Vitti said on the National Basketball Association team’s Twitter feed. “It has to be sewn back together.”
Bryant went down as he tried to drive past the Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes with just over three minutes remaining in the 118-116 win at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“I felt like I got kicked,” Bryant, 34, told reporters after the game. “It’s a move I’ve made a million times and ‘pop.’ Just a freak situation I guess.”
Bryant, who’s helped the Lakers win five NBA titles, is third in the league in scoring this season with an average of 27.3 points per game. Los Angeles is in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, one game ahead of the Utah Jazz.
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