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Is this the end of the road for Kobe Bryant?

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05:10 PM ET 04.13 | The Los Angeles Lakers' worst fears (and the seemingly inevitable) were confirmed on Saturday when an MRI revealed star guard Kobe Bryant had fully ruptured his Achilles' tendon and will miss not only the rest of the Lakers' regular season but the entire postseason as well. ESPN Los Angeles is reporting that Bryant will undergo surgery Saturday afternoon in order to begin the healing process as soon as possible. Much debate has already brewed as to whether or not Bryant should have been playing in Friday night's game, but the consensus has shifted to the understanding that there was no way Kobe Bryant was going to miss any part of a tight game that had serious playoff ramifications for his Lakers.

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April 14, 2013  12:53 AM ET
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Of course, according to Eli - that grand old wizard from Chicagoland - it's all the fault of the French people.It's the French that caused Kobe to go down with injury.

3 comments and no responses. You must be bored.

April 14, 2013  02:21 AM ET

The news report says: "Much debate has already brewed as to whether or not Bryant should have been playing in Friday night's game, but the consensus has shifted to the understanding that there was no way Kobe Bryant was going to miss any part of a tight game that had serious playoff ramifications for his Lakers."

Really? What's going to happen on Sunday--another resurrection?

I think he's going to miss the game, tight or no.

April 14, 2013  02:56 AM ET

Kobe's injury comes at a horrible time. Now he and the Lakers have an excuse. I wanted them to miss the play-offs with Kobe jacking up shot after shot (as he usually does). Now, if they miss the play-offs, they'll chalk it up to the injury. And, should they luck out and win the next two games, instead of noticing how much better the rest of the team plays in his absence, the LA media will claim Kobe inspired them (or even COACHED them) from the bench. What was looking to be a major Karma kickback has transformed such that whatever happens, he/they can avoid the truth that KoME is the biggest problem they have. Very unfortunate.

April 14, 2013  08:02 AM ET

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April 14, 2013  08:06 AM ET

All the best to, Kobe. Look on the bright side only 6-9 month rehab, you'll probably be back before Rose.

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April 14, 2013  08:29 AM ET
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...or at least he should be back before Pavano and his snow shoveling injury?

...or at least he'll be back before the injury suffered by Mr. Glass Irving this summer if the rain falls too hard on him, or the sun shines too bright. :)

April 14, 2013  08:44 AM ET

This a GD shame.

April 14, 2013  08:44 AM ET

*is.

April 14, 2013  08:45 AM ET

It's not going to help him on D, where youngers guards are blowing past him now. It's not easy to come back from. You are never quite the same. It could turn him into a spot up shooter with no first step to the basket.

A lot of this injury is mental, and you worry each time you try an old move you are going to hear a pop.

I blew out my knee playing hoop when I was 34. That was it. Couldn't play the same way.

April 14, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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This a GD shame.

Agreed.

April 14, 2013  09:13 AM ET

No One Is Immortal, Bro.

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April 14, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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there aren't any SGs blowing by him.the only sg in the west that is good is harden and he's not 'explosive'he's ginobli-like....he beats you with goofy, slinky moves

Very true!!!!!

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April 14, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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there aren't any SGs blowing by him.the only sg in the west that is good is harden and he's not 'explosive'he's ginobli-like....he beats you with goofy, slinky moves

Bryant hasn't been good on defense in years, jgb. That's the main point. Any scoring kind of guard WOULD blow by him if he chose, which wasn't the case in his prime. He's done.

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