Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant faces up to nine months on the sidelines after his season-ending injury was confirmed as a torn Achilles.
The Lakers confirmed he now faces between six and nine months on the sidelines following the injury.
Bryant was scheduled to have surgery on Saturday to repair the damage, said Lakers head trainer Gary Vitti.
Bryant said immediately after the game that he felt a “pop” as he tried to beat Harrison Barnes to the outside with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s tight contest.
“I felt like I got kicked. It is a move I make a million times and pop,” Bryant said. “Just a freak situation I guess.”
Bryant later vented his frustration, adding: “All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times.
“The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. 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??”
The future Hall of Famer also pondered whether this might be the end of a stellar 17-year NBA career, saying: “Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me … Then again maybe not.”