Los Angeles • Kobe Bryant took to Facebook in the wee hours of Saturday morning to vent about the Achilles tendon injury that likely ended his season, writing the “frustration is unbearable” but the setback will not end his career.
The Lakers’ star felt a pop as he pushed off his left foot making a move during Los Angeles’ victory against Golden State on Friday night. The team, in a push to make the playoffs, is all but certain Bryant tore his Achilles. He is to have an MRI on Saturday.
The 34-year-old Bryant posted about his “rage” on his Facebook page a few hours after being hurt: “Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that?? “
He added: “Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me ... Then again maybe not!”
“One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day.”
After the game, Bryant appeared to fight back tears while he thought about the closing days of the Lakers’ tumultuous season. After a terrible start and numerous missteps along the way, Los Angeles (42-37) is one game ahead of the Utah Jazz, who hold the tiebreaker, for the final playoff spot in the West with two games to play.
Bryant, who scored 34 points despite hyperextending his left knee early in the second half, hit two free throws after apparently tearing his tendon with 3 minutes, 8 seconds to play, tying the game before hobbling to the locker room.